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TAYLOR: OUR AWAY FORM HAS BEEN ASTOUNDING

31 March 2016

Walsall have only lost one away league game...

Left-back Andy Taylor is hoping Walsall can maintain their “astounding” away record with a positive result against his former club Sheffield United this weekend.

The Saddlers have excelled on the road this season, accumulating an impressive 39 points from 18 away league matches – five more than any other team.

Walsall are also unbeaten in nine games on their travels since a harsh 2-1 reverse at Swindon in November - our only away league defeat of the campaign.

And Taylor admits his side’s away form is something that he and his teammates are very proud of.

“Our away form has been astounding,” said the 30-year-old. “I didn’t quite realise how good it was until three or four games ago.

“Tom Bradshaw said on the bus that we’ve got the best away record in the country. Home or away - I don’t really pay attention to form because every game is different.

"But this record is something we are proud of and something we will fight hard to keep hold of.”

Walsall’s next away assignment is against Nigel Adkins’ mid-table Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Blades have struggled for consistency this term and currently sit 13th in League One, nine points off the top six.

But Taylor, who spent three years at Bramall Lane between 2009 and 2012, believes United will pose a tough test.

"They’ve got seven games left to make the play-offs, so it's going to be a really tough game for us,” he said.

“Sheffield United are far too big a club to be in League One but you've no God-given right to get out of this league.

“It's a tough league to get out of, as they have found over the last five years, and you would probably say they are underachieving at the moment for a club of their size.

"But we are going to go there full of confidence, on the back of three wins, with a great away record to keep intact.

“We are going to fight for our lives for the three points and to put some more pressure on the teams above us.”

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