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JACKSON: BOTH SIDES WILL BE GOING FOR THE WIN

13 March 2017

Saddlers host Fleetwood tomorrow...

Simeon Jackson says both sides will be going for the win as Walsall take on Fleetwood Town in a big game at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm). 

Following the 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, the Saddlers sit ninth in the League One table with nine games to play. 

Fleetwood suffered their first League defeat since November at the weekend, losing 4-2 at home to Bolton Wanderers, but remain second in the table. 

And it is set to be a big game, says Jackson, who got the Saddlers’ opener at the Valley last weekend. 

“Make no mistake about who’s coming on Tuesday. Fleetwood have been the in-form team – they’re flying,” said Jackson. 

“They didn’t get a result (on Saturday) so they’ll have the bit between their teeth and come out trying to get the three points just like us. 

“It’ll be a big game.”

Jackson netted his seventh League One goal of the season on Saturday, latching on to a lofted through ball from Kieron Morris and slotting the ball neatly past goalkeeper Declan Rudd. 

It was the 29-year-old’s first strike since the 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers and put the Saddlers 1-0 up at the break, with Charlton equalising just past the hour through Tony Watt.

Jackson says the point is a good one – even if the side felt they should have been at least 2-0 up at half-time. 

“It was good to get on the scoresheet,” said Jackson. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get the three points but it’s a good point. 

“You have to keep going. They were playing a high line so I knew especially with how we were playing we were going to get chances. 

“I just kept going and ended up getting one. How we started was high tempo, we were all in their half, threatening. We were disappointed not to go in (at half-time) 2-0 up. 

“In the dressing room we’re disappointed to not have three points but looking at it, a point is a good point. 

“Then obviously going back home on Tuesday, playing against Fleetwood is another massive game and hopefully we can get three there and see where we are.” 

At this crucial stage of the season, Jon Whitney’s side have nine League games to play – and Jackson says the side will keep pushing at a “relentless” point in the campaign. 

“It’s crunch time right now,” said the forward. 

“I think the gaffer is great in terms of managing how we do in training and stuff, looking after us. 

“It’s relentless for everyone – you just have to keep going and it’s just survival of the fittest right now.”

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