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ETHERIDGE: BOUNCE BACK AGAINST SHREWSBURY

25 April 2016

The Saddlers face the Shrews tomorrow night...

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is adamant Walsall can respond to the defeat at Bradford with a positive result against near neighbours Shrewsbury.

Filipe Morais’s 54nd-minute opener and James Hanson’s 15-minute hat-trick earned Phil Parkinson’s impressive Bantams a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

Despite the setback, Jon Whitney’s men can move to within three points of second-placed Burton with victory over the Shrews tomorrow, in what is our game in hand.

And Etheridge says everyone is determined to put the Bradford disappointment behind them and get back on track.

“We were obviously very disappointed to lose at Bradford, especially by that scoreline,” said Etheridge.

“It was one of the days at the office for them and, unfortunately, one for us to quickly forget.

“We’ve had a lot of games recently and they probably took their toll but we don’t want to search for excuses.

“We’ve suffered defeats like that before this season but we’ve bounced back and we have to do that again on Tuesday night.

“We need to buck our ideas up and continue what we started before this game. Tuesday is massive now and we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s at home and we hope that our fans come and support us. We need them as much as we can for the final few games of the season for one last push.

“We’ve turned our home form around in recent weeks and we’ll be hoping to get another home victory.”

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