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Edwards: Bradford fightback has given us confidence

1 September 2017

Club News

Edwards: Bradford fightback has given us confidence

1 September 2017

Joe Edwards says the Saddlers’ squad have taken plenty of confidence from last week’s stirring second-half fightback against Bradford.

The Bantams led 3-0 after 55 minutes, but headers from Luke Leahy, debutant Tyler Roberts and Amadou Bakayoko earned Walsall a point, which extended our unbeaten run to three matches.

And Edwards is hoping we can build on that result when we take on newly-promoted Plymouth this weekend.

“It was good for the lads to come back [against Bradford] and show what we’re capable of,” said the vice-captain.

“I didn’t feel we deserved to be 3-0 down – I thought we played well throughout the game.

“To come back from a three-goal deficit, in a short period of time, was fantastic. It’s given the lads a lot of confidence and hopefully it has given the fans a bit of confidence in us.

“It’s definitely something we can build on.”

The Saddlers have taken four points from two games at the Banks’s - and Edwards is keen to keep the home run going tomorrow afternoon, although he admits Plymouth will be a test.

“It will be a tough game,” he said. “They’ll bring a good crowd and they’ve got a good following so that will give them confidence as well.

“But at home we’re feeling really positive. We want to make the Banks’s a fortress and our home form to be the catalyst for us this year.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get another win and three points.

And Edwards believes the home fans could have a big part to play – not just tomorrow but throughout the season.

“The crowd are a big factor for us,” he said.

“It was so nice to see them still supporting us at 3-0 down [against Bradford] - it made a massive difference.

“They could easily have got on our backs, but they stuck with us the whole time and it gave us that extra momentum.

“Kicking towards them in the second half really does help. It feels like they draw the ball in when we get corners and free-kicks.

“With them on our side, we can hopefully do well this year.”

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