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Taylor hopes Saddlers will thrive off the energy of supporters

23 November 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor hopes his side will thrive off the energy from the supporters when they take on Port Vale this evening.

The Saddlers return to Sky Bet League Two action tonight where over 1500 supporters will be making the trip to Burslem in what is our highest away following of the campaign so far.

Taylor insists the players will be ready for the challenge that third place Port Vale will bring and with the backing his side will have at Vale Park, the team will be going into the game full of belief.

“We’ve got to be confident,” Taylor said.

“We’re going to be well supported again away from home at Port Vale and I feel that the players must thrive and feed off that energy they’re going to get.

“The players are going to be ready and they’ll understand how much that fixture means to this football club.”

Walsall will be looking to build on Saturday’s draw with Rochdale which was watched by the biggest crowd of the season at the Banks’s Stadium (6144).

Over 1600 young supporters were there as part of the Community Programme’s School Partners scheme.

Taylor and the players enjoyed playing in front of a larger crowd and hopes the team can match their expectations and deliver the performances that they’re capable of.

“The initiative to see so many young children here, I thought they brought a really good atmosphere with them,” Taylor commented.  

“We’re slowly but surely attracting more fans to the football club. When they come, they come here expecting they’re going to see a performance and they come here and they come here feeling like that because they know we’ve got good players and we try and play the right way.

“I hope next time we’re here against Swindon in the FA Cup that they will come and back us but before that we’ve got a couple of games before that and the next one is a tough league game away at Port Vale where we most definitely need to be up for it in terms of physically and mentally and be brave on the ball.”


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