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12 April 2016

Right-back scored winner in the reverse fixture...

Jason Demetriou is hoping history will repeat itself when Walsall face Gillingham this evening.

The 28-year-old scored a stoppage-time winner as the Saddlers fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 in a thriller when the teams met back in October.

And the attacking right-back wants his side to show the same fighting spirit at the Priestfield Stadium tonight.

“It was a good game the last time we played them,” said Demetriou. “They got two early goals but at 2-0 down we still believed we could get something from the game.

“I ended up scoring my first goal for Walsall and it was a great feeling to get the winner. It’s one of my best memories from my time here so far.

“Being 2-0 down we showed real spirit to come back and win, but we’ve had the spirit all year.

“We just need to continue that. We’re looking for a big result tonight and that can hopefully kick us on.”

Walsall enter tonight’s match on the back of successive away defeats at Oldham and Sheffield United - but Demetriou says spirits remain high.

“We’re still positive,” he said. “The coaches and staff have made sure we don’t get too high or too low, that’s been our strategy all season.

“We know we messed up on Saturday but we’ve still got seven chances.

“If we win tonight to go third with a game in hand, we’d have snapped your hand off to be in that position at this stage of the season. It’s still all to play for.”

Demetriou has been impressed with Gillingham this season and is anticipating a competitive match.

“They’re a good side,” he added. “Tactically they set up well, they break with pace and they’ve got some good players.

“Like us, they’ll want the three points but tonight might be about who wants it more.”

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