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Guthrie hoping for repeat of Scunthorpe win

20 April 2018

One of the Saddlers’ best performances of the season came against Scunthorpe back in December, when a Kieron Morris goal secured a deserved 1-0 win.

The victory could have been more comfortable but for an excellent Matt Gilks penalty save to deny Erhun Oztumer, while the play-off chasing Iron registered just one shot on target.

With the Saddlers set to face Scunthorpe again tomorrow, defender Jon Guthrie believes we can take encouragement from that result heading into the match at Glanford Park.

“It can give us confidence,” said the 25-year-old.

“We showed that we can beat them and we produced a good performance on the day.

“We kept a clean sheet, which would be a good start, and we’ll be looking to do the exact same on Saturday.

“We’ve shown on our day we can compete with anyone. We just haven’t had the consistency to do it throughout the season, which is maybe where we’ve gone wrong.

“But any game in this league is winnable. We’ll go into any game positive, looking to get points.”

Just two points separate the Saddlers from the relegation zone, with four games remaining.

Guthrie admits it’s hard not to look at the league table but stressed that our destiny remains in our own hands.

“Anyone would be lying if they say they don’t check the table,” the ex-Crewe man commented.

“The fans probably do it more than us, but, as players, we check the other fixtures and the league table.

“At the moment, it’s in our hands, which is a big positive.

“We’re not in the relegation zone so it’s down to us stay out of there. We can only do that by performing well and picking up those points.

“I’d rather be in our position than where some teams are. It’s down to us as players and staff to make sure we stay above the bottom four.”

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