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DEMETRIOU: 'IT'S A TEAM EFFORT'

4 November 2015

Cyprus international praises work ethic...

Walsall right-back Jason Demetriou has praised the work ethic at the Club and believes our success this season has been ‘a team effort’.

The Cyprus international sent the Saddlers top of League One with a dramatic stoppage-time volley in a thrilling comeback win over Gillingham.

The victory was our ninth of a hugely-encouraging campaign - and Demetriou says everyone deserves credit for the team’s impressive form.

“It’s a great squad here,” said Demetriou.

“Everyone works so hard and from the staff, young players and experienced players, it’s a team effort.

“You see it on the pitch but if you come to the training ground you really see the work ethic from everyone.

“The boys have done an excellent job so far this season and hopefully we can stay in the running for the rest of the season.”

Demetriou’s goal against Gillingham was his first for Walsall since signing from Anorthosis Famagusta in the summer.

The 27-year-old had received some stick from manager Dean Smith over his failure to score, and was pleased to finally break his duck.

“The gaffer will have to give me a bit of space now!” joked Demetriou.

“He only jokes with me but I’m glad to have scored my first goal.

“I was looking for the cross and suddenly it just fell for me and I thought ‘just hit it’ and luckily it went into the back of the net.

“It was partly for him as well as he brought me back to English football. I’m glad that I can help the team and try to pay back the gaffer for bringing me to Walsall.

“It’s been a long time coming but it was great to score and help the boys get a great victory.

“It was a brilliant game. Both teams tried to play good attacking football and it was a great game to be involved in.”

And Demetriou, who has made 17 appearances for the Saddlers, believes we can mount a promotion challenge.

“It’s just belief now,” he said.

“We have to start believing that we can do it (challenge for promotion) and I think slowly we’re starting to think that we can stay up there.

“We could be one of the best teams in this league. It’s all down to us what we do from now.”

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