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4 December 2015

Walsall visit Chesterfield this weekend...

Captain Adam Chambers has been Walsall's Mr Consistent this season.

The 35-year-old midfielder has featured in each of our 20 league matches and was one of the standout performers in Tuesday’s derby win over Shrewsbury.

But despite receiving praise for his accomplished displays, Chambers insists his sole focus is on helping the team be successful.

“I’ve said many times before that I’d rather play badly and the team do well,” said Chambers.

“I’m at a stage of my career where it’s coming to the end now. There are some young lads looking to perform for themselves and looking to push on in their career.

“But for me, it’s about what the team does and what the group do.

“I want us to maintain this level of performance.

“We’re not going to win every game but I want us to be in every game until the end and not just pleasing on the eye, but productive as well in what we’re doing.

“So far this year we’ve done that, we just need to carry it on.”

Coaches Jon Whitney, John Ward and Neil Cutler are in caretaker charge of the Saddlers following Dean Smith’s departure to Brentford.

“It all happened quite quickly,” admitted Chambers.

“It was sad to see Dean and Richard (O’Kelly) leave but it’s about what we do now.

“We’ve got a tight knit group here and we’ve got to move forward ourselves and look to keep the momentum going that we’ve got this season.

“Having the game (against Shrewsbury) was a good thing because it gave us something else to concentrate on.

“The lads showed a lot of character and did themselves proud, especially coming back from a goal down in the fashion they did.”

The Saddlers are on the road again this weekend with a trip to Chesterfield in the FA Cup second round.

“We played Chesterfield earlier in the season in the league and they gave us a good game,” said Chambers.

“They’ve got their own troubles, losing their manager as well but it’s going to be a difficult game.

“They’ll be looking to impress whoever is in the stands but we’ll go there looking to keep this form going and try to win the game.”

Walsall have sold out their initial ticket allocation for tomorrow’s tie (more tickets are available at the stadium on the day).

And Chambers has thanked the fans for their continued support, particularly those who travelled to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

“The fans were amazing the other night and I’d like to thank them for their support,” he said.

“They helped the lads through the game and there was that connection between the players and the supporters.

“We’re going to need them between now and the end of the season to get to where we want to be.”

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