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Guthrie: Saddlers will head to Blackburn with nothing to fear

29 January 2018

Defender Jon Guthrie says the Saddlers will head to promotion-chasing Blackburn with nothing to fear.

Tomorrow's match at Ewood Park is one of three games in hand for the Saddlers, having been postponed due to internationals back in November.

Tony Mowbray’s Rovers sit in third place and are unbeaten in 17 league matches – but Guthrie is hopeful his side can produce a positive performance.

“They’ve been flying lately and are a big club,” said the 25-year-old.

“They were expected to do well but we’ll go into the game with nothing to fear. We’ll be underdogs going into the game so we’ve got nothing to lose.

“We’ll be looking for a positive performance and hopefully we can get some points.

“Our performances have been good in the main but at the end of the day we need to start getting some points on the board.

“Hopefully, the more positive performances we can produce, that should lead to more points.”

The ex-Crewe centre-back has played every minute for the Saddlers this term – and Guthrie believes his performances have improved as the season has progressed.

“I feel my form has been good over the last couple of months, better than it was at the start of the season,” he added.

“Maybe that’s due to just getting used to a new club – maybe it took me a while to settle in.

“Now I feel an important player in the team and you get more confidence with good performances.”

One man who has excelled for the Saddlers of late is goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

The 23-year-old was named man of the match in the 2-1 victory over Oxford, and impressed again in the 3-1 defeat at Charlton.

“He’s a big lad, commanding,” Guthrie added.

“He’s waited for his chance but when he’s come in, he’s fully taken it.

“Some of the saves against Oxford were incredible – he kept us in the game. Again at Charlton, he pulled off some amazing saves.

“He’s done really well."


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