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WHITNEY: KEEP BUILDING MOMENTUM

18 March 2016

Walsall searching for a third consecutive win...

Interim head coach Jon Whitney is hoping Walsall can continue to build momentum when they host struggling Colchester tomorrow afternoon.

The Saddlers are back up to third in League One, level on points with the automatic promotion places, after back-to-back away wins against Colchester and Fleetwood.

And Whitney wants Walsall to maintain their recent good form with three points against Kevin Keen’s relegation-battling U’s.

“I can’t wait - I wish it was this afternoon!” admitted a typically enthusiastic Whitney.

“We need to keep building momentum. It’s all about our preparation and mindset and I keep telling the players about the importance of those small percentages - like recovery, rest and nutrition.

“If we can do more than what Colchester are doing then that extra bit can give us that edge tomorrow.

“It’ll be a tough, tough game, though, as they’re fighting for their lives. They’ve got some good individual players and it’ll be a true test.

“But teams are coming to us now knowing they’ll have to be on the top of their game.

“If teams are going to come here and get three points, they have to be ready for a battle – not just a football match - but a battle.

“We’re up for tomorrow and let’s see where the performance takes us.”

Captain Adam Chambers will be assessed ahead of the Colchester match after coming off against Fleetwood in midweek with a knee problem.

Striker Jordan Cook (hamstring) is a doubt, while midfielder Isaiah Osbourne (knee) is a long-term absentee.

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