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Taylor urges supporters to back Saddlers in the FA Cup

3 December 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor hopes his team will be backed by another strong home crowd when they take on Swindon Town on Saturday.

The Saddlers will be battling to reach the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

A great atmosphere is expected at the Banks’s Stadium, with our visitors expected to bring a large following and Taylor is urging Saddlers fans to come and help push the team in their quest to reach the next round of the competition.

“Please come and support us because the players need you and the players want you there,” he said.

“They want you there because they’re desperate to show you what they can do.

“Our fans have been nothing short of magnificent both at home and also away from home because you tend to be louder away from home as there’s less of you but our fans have been seen and heard in every game that we’ve had this season so I’m excited to see them on Saturday and if you haven’t bought a ticket yet, please do so because we would love to see you there.

“They’ll bring a loyal following with them, I read somewhere they’ve already sold over 2000 tickets so we’ve got to make sure our fans are matching them and I’m sure they will be loud and back the players.

“They’re a team that have a clear identity, a team that understand the way that they play. They move the ball well and what we need to do is make sure we’re aggressive in our approach to the game.

“We’re at home and there’s a different feel to that of a league game because there aren’t three points at stake.

“There’s the prestige of the next round of the FA Cup and the players understand how much that means to me, how much that means to everybody at the football club and I’m excited for the game.”

Walsall will be aiming to return to winning ways following back-to-back defeats against Carlisle United and Cambridge United in the Papa John’s Trophy.

On a positive note, Taylor has recently welcomed back Liam Kinsella, Conor Wilkinson and Zak Mills back from injury.

Brendan Kiernan and Rory Holden were the only injury absentees on Tuesday night and Taylor provided an update on the duo.

“Brendan’s alright, I think Brendan will be OK for the game,” he revealed.

“We’ve got a couple of players, I’m sure every football club has, that are nursing injuries during this busy period of football.

“Brendan is training back with the group. The only member of the playing staff that isn’t with the group is Rory Holden so we’re looking strong at the moment and it makes my job much more difficult to pick a team to go and perform on Saturday.”

Join us at the Banks's Stadium for tomorrow's encounter and buy your tickets here.


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