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Edwards: we need to create a good atmosphere

22 February 2019

Joe Edwards is hoping the Saddlers fans can create a “Northampton-like atmosphere” when the side face Bradford City tomorrow.

With a £5 ticket offer in the HomeServe Stand, Edwards is hoping supporters will come out in numbers to back the team.

The club ran a similar offer against Northampton last season, with almost 7,000 Walsall supporters roaring their side onto a vital 1-0 victory.

Edwards has called for togetherness and hopes the team can give the fans something to get excited about.

“It’s a massive week for everyone, a massive week for the club," said Edwards.

“The fans care so much about the club and so do the players and the management.

“We all care about the football club.

“If we can all come together as one then it will be a massive lift for everyone.

“The fans are entitled to their opinion and I can imagine it is frustrating watching at times but I don’t think they realise how much we appreciate their support going into a game.

“If we can get that atmosphere like the Northampton game last year then it will give us all that extra five or 10 per cent and it will be a massive help for us.

“Everyone is fighting for the same thing.

“They want Walsall to do well. We want Walsall to do well.

“We want the fans to have a good Saturday night and a good weekend and if everyone pulls together then I am sure we can do that.”

The 28-year-old said the focus in the camp this week has been about getting a positive vibe back among the group.

“We’ve had a couple of meetings and we have said that we need to lift the mood in the camp,” Edwards continued.

“I know we haven’t had the results or the performances recently but we can’t mope around and feel sorry for ourselves because it will only get worse if we do that.

“We have tried lifting the mood this week. The lads are in good spirits and we are really trying to create a good atmosphere leading up to tomorrow's game.

“We need to be raring to go come 3pm on Saturday because the worst thing you can do is sit around and feel sorry for yourself.

“We’re the only ones who can change it so we have really tried to stick together and create positivity building up to the weekend.

“The gaffer has said to us this week that we have got four or five days to do as much as you can to make sure he selects you and by doing that you get very good competition in training.

“Everyone is really up for it, there is 100% every day in training. With that, it means you go into the game with 11 very motivated players and another seven on the bench who wish they were playing.

“Now is the time where you have got to stand up and be counted.

“We all know how big a game Saturday is.”


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