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CHAMBERS PRAISES SADDLERS' SPIRIT

27 October 2015

Skipper made his 200th Walsall appearance at Colchester...

Captain Adam Chambers praised his side’s fighting spirit after James O’Connor’s stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point at Colchester.

The skipper provided two assists on his 200th Walsall appearance in a thrilling 4-4 draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Romaine Sawyers, Milan Lalkovic and George Evans also found the scoresheet for the Saddlers, who led 2-0 at half-time but later trailed 4-3.

A draw preserved our unbeaten away record in League One - and Chambers was keen to focus on the positives afterwards.

“At half-time we were 2-0 up without playing at our best,” admitted Chambers.

“We thought we’d be able to see out the game in the second half but they came out and got a good goal quite early on.

“It was an end-to-end game – it could have been 10-all!

“We have to take positives from the way we came back at the end to win a point with a goal in stoppage time.

“We could have nicked it as well when Kieron (Morris) hit the bar.

“We have great character and spirit in the team and we showed that. The lads all get on and we are pushing to win every game.

“We looked a threat every time we went forward and scoring four goals away from home is a big achievement.

“It’s good that other players are scoring as well because last season we relied too much on Tom Bradshaw but we’re getting goals from everywhere now.”

Although Walsall impressed going forward, Chambers was disappointed with our defending after we shipped four goals in 31 second-half minutes.

“We feel a bit hard done by with the result but we’ve got to defend a lot better than that.

“We’re normally a lot tighter defensively as a team but, for whatever reason, they were able to find pockets of space and put us under a lot of pressure.

“Defensively it wasn’t like us and we’ve got put that right.”

League One leaders Gillingham are next up in a top-of-the-table clash this weekend, and Chambers is targeting three points.

“We’re a confident group and we’ll go into the game looking to win like we always do. They’re in good form as well so it should be a good game.

“It’s the top two, and people will say it’s a top-of-the-table clash, but it’s still early days.

“We’ll look at Gillingham’s strengths and weaknesses and we’ll come up with a plan to try to win the game.”

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