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CHAMBERS: IT'LL BE 'STRANGE' FACING SMITH

8 January 2016

Walsall play Championship side Brentford tomorrow...

Adam Chambers admits it will be a ‘strange’ feeling to face former manager Dean Smith when Walsall visit Brentford in the FA Cup third round.

Bees boss Smith spent almost five years with the Saddlers before leaving to join the Championship club at the end of November.

And Chambers, who was brought to Walsall by Smith in June 2011, says it will be unusual to see him in the opposition dugout.

“It’s going to be a strange game,” he admitted.

“For a lot of the young lads, they’ve only known the old management team, so it’ll be strange seeing them in the opposition dugout.

“But once the game starts we’ll be focused on performing and getting through to the next round, it goes to the back of your mind.

“There’s a lot attached to the game but for us, it’s a game we’re looking to go and win.

“With the old management team being there, it’s added a little bit extra.”

Walsall have claimed two Championship scalps already this season, having beaten Nottingham Forest and Brighton in the League Cup.

And Chambers, who was nominated for League One Player of the Month for December, believes those results should stand us in good stead.

“We’ve had some big games this year – some top-of-the-table clashes and big cup games in front of big crowds – so hopefully we won’t be daunted by going to Brentford,” he said.

“They’re in good form in their league but hopefully the games we’ve played this season will give us the confidence to go there, perform and get a positive result.”

Chambers is also hoping Walsall can get back on track following last weekend’s surprise 3-0 home defeat against Rochdale.

“We’ll be going there looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last week’s performance and result,” added Chambers.

“We’ve debriefed the game and hopefully we’ve learned our lessons and can put it right on Saturday.”

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