Saddlers defender Cameron Norman says that developed relationships both on and off the pitch have helped the team improve altogether so far this season.
The team have lost just one of their last 16 games in League Two and Norman feels like the connections that are being built in the dressing room are having a positive impact on everyone in the squad.
Norman, 25, is into his second full season with the Saddlers now and he is starting to see the benefits on being with the same group of players for such a lengthy period of time.
“I think the developed relationships in the team has helped us improve as a team this season,” said Norman.
“There is a good group of players here who obviously played together here last season and that are playing together on a frequent basis this season which helps.
“We have developed lots of relationships on the pitch and off the pitch which has helped and you get to know each others game, whether that be in defence, in midfield or in attack.
“You learn the types of runs people will make, you learn each others patterns of play and if those relationships can continue to grow then you will be able to take that into every game that you play.”
And Norman believes there have been encouraging signs over the last two cup games, which have both been against higher opposition, and he is looking to take those positives into Saturday’s game against Southend United.
“Recently with the two cup games, there have been lots of encouraging signs for us as a team,” Norman continued.
“Unfortunately the results haven’t followed with it but at this moment in time, we have taken lots of positives from our performances.
“Of course we are disappointed not to have got the results that we wanted but we are hoping that we can take those positives performances into the league ready for Saturday.”