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LALKOVIC RELISHING FORWARD ROLE

28 December 2015

Lalkovic has played up front in recent matches...

Walsall attacker Milan Lalkovic says he is relishing his new role as a lone striker.

The 23-year-old has been deployed up front in each of Sean O’Driscoll’s first two matches as the Saddlers’ new head coach.

And Lalkovic, who netted his seventh goal of the season in our 1-0 Boxing Day win at Millwall, is enjoying his new responsibility.

“Playing as a lone striker is not easy as Tom (Bradshaw) will tell you,” said Lalkovic.

“You have to work really hard. Sometimes it drops for you, sometimes it doesn’t. You’re working for your team and trying to win as a team.

“And then when you get a chance, you’ve got to score.

“When you’re there alone, sometimes it gets difficult with the distances between players so you have to come deeper.

“I’m not a player who plays with my back to goal, I play on the shoulder but sometimes you have to fight and do a job for the team.

“I like playing there and I’m pleased to help the team win games.”

Lalkovic will be hoping to help Walsall record a fifth consecutive league victory when Peterborough visit the Banks’s this afternoon.

“We go into every game trying to win – like we have done all season,” he added.

“We are a few games unbeaten and we need to keep it going but it will be a tough game against Peterborough because they’re a good team.

“It was an unlucky game when we played them last time (a 1-1 draw in September); we probably should have won it.

“But we’ve got momentum now and it’s important we keep that going. The togetherness is there and we want to go as far as we can.

“The fans are helping us and hopefully they will come in their numbers and cheer us on.

“Hopefully we can get the win to stay top of the league.”

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