Walsall midfielder Danny Guthrie insists the team can’t dwell on Tuesday’s defeat to Cambridge United and says they must now focus on trying to make life difficult for Mansfield Town on Saturday.
The Saddlers suffered their first defeat since February against the U’s on a frustrating night at the Banks’s Stadium.
Guthrie, who captained the side on Tuesday evening, has called on the team to play on the front foot when they take on Mansfield and feels confidence should still remain high given their form since February.
“The boys have got to take a lot of confidence in what they’ve done since February and not let this fester for as long as it needs to,” he said.
“It was a defeat (on Tuesday), we were always going to lose somewhere along the line and it’s happened.
“We’ve conceded the first goal at home a few times this season and we’ve managed to find a way, tonight we didn’t but I think on Saturday we’ve got to come out and put it on them early doors. They’re struggling and we need to make it difficult for them.”
The Saddlers saw a lot of the ball on Tuesday night and have a number of set pieces but they couldn’t make on count and Guthrie admitted the Saddlers need to start producing more end product from set plays.
“We’re not winning enough first balls and then when we recycle it, we’ve got to put teams under pressure from the set pieces,” Guthrie added.
“We’ve got one of the best headers in the league in Dan Scarr so we’ve got to look at the delivery and the set up and find a way to make them count because we could have been out there a long time and not scored.”
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