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ETHERIDGE KEEN TO REWARD FANS WITH A HOME WIN

17 March 2016

Walsall searching for a third consecutive win...

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is keen to reward the club’s fans for their loyal support with a home victory over Colchester this weekend.

More than 300 supporters travelled to Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at Fleetwood, just three days after over 800 fans roared us on to a 4-1 victory at Chesterfield.

Despite boasting the best away record in League One, Walsall remain winless at home in 2016.

And with Kevin Keen’s Colchester visiting to the Banks’s this Saturday, Etheridge wants to put on a performance on home soil.

“We want to give the fans the football they deserve to watch,” said Etheridge.

“There are just 10 games left, we know we are going to have a tough run-in but we have won two games on the bounce and hopefully we can make it three on Saturday.

“The fans have always been behind us all the way and we need to deliver at home now.

“Our home form hasn’t been as good as our away form but if we can play the football we’ve played in the last two games, we know we’ve got a great chance to take another three points.

“We know we’ve got it in our locker and we’re playing with a lot more freedom. We’re playing high-intensity football and we’re in a great position to finish where we want to be.”

Victory at Fleetwood on Tuesday lifted Walsall up to third in League One, level on points with the automatic promotion places.

And Etheridge, who produced a man-of-the-match performance, was delighted with the win and clean sheet.

“From start to finish I thought we played very well,” he said. “They’re a good team and they pressed us.

“I wouldn’t say we struggled in the first half but the formation change at half-time was fantastic for us and it showed how adaptable we are.

“They threw everything they had at us and it was fantastic for me, and for the team, to keep a clean sheet.

“I made a few good saves and the cross taking always helps the backline from corners. Coming for crosses is definitely a part of my game I’m strong at.

“To come away with three points away from home was phenomenal and it puts pressure on those teams at the top.”

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