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DOWNING: SMALL SQUAD SUITS SADDLERS

1 March 2016

Walsall have only used 21 players in League One...

Centre-back Paul Downing believes having a small squad has helped Walsall this season.

The Saddlers, currently fourth in League One, have used only 21 players in the league this term – the fewest in the division.

And Downing says the small squad size has brought the players closer together, creating a strong team spirit.

"To use such a small amount of players has been a good thing for us,” said the central defender.

“It has kept us together and I think everyone has seen the team spirit that exists in the group.

“With a small squad, you have to take responsibility for yourself to ensure you stay in tip-top shape.”

Walsall will be hoping to record their first home win of 2016 when mid-table Scunthorpe visit the Banks’s Stadium this evening.

The Saddlers are winless in four but Downing is confident that results will soon improve.

“We’ve had some disappointing results recently but performances have still been good,” he said.

“Hopefully a decent crowd will turn up on Tuesday and cheer us on because they do make a difference.

“It’ll be a tough game against Scunthorpe. We won’t take them lightly, we’ll do some work on them and make sure we’re prepared.

“If we play like we did against Burton, then it’ll give us a good chance.

“We’re capable of going on a good run, we’ve put a stretch of wins together before this season, and that’s something we’re going to have to do.”

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