Walsall defender Stephen Ward insists spirits are still high and is aiming to help the team bounce back and return to a similar run of form that they showed in October.
The Saddlers lost for the first time since September 25th on Wednesday night as Forest Green Rovers won 2-0 at the Banks’s Stadium in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Ward admitted the team were disappointed with the result on Wednesday night but is now focused on responding in the right way and ensuring morale remains high.
“The spirit in the last few weeks has been brilliant,” he said.
“It’s been really enjoyable the games that we’ve been getting results so we need to continue that form because our aim is to get up this table as close to that top three and the play-offs as quickly as possible.
“We were disappointed that we lost (on Wednesday) but thankfully there were no consequences for us in losing the game in terms of not qualifying.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t win the group but we’ve qualified and now it’s about continuing that form in the league because we’ve had some really long trips and tough games away from home.
“We’ve acquitted ourselves really well, we’re really pleased with our form and we’re looking forward to getting in front of our crowd here because we know they can really get behind us.
“We’re looking forward to a great atmosphere, putting on a performance and hopefully taking three points because we’re on a good run of form, especially in the league.”
The Saddlers are back in league action for the first time in two weeks and back at home in the league for the first time since October 23rd.
Ward has been impressed with the support so far this season and is keen to reward Saddlers fans with positive performances.
“We’ve felt it all season, they stayed with us through the tough times at the start,” he commented.
“We hope we’re giving them something back with the recent run of performances and recent run of results. The atmosphere is great around the club, there’s a real togetherness between the fans, the players and the staff – everyone seems to be coming together and hopefully they can see we’re working tremendously hard and trying to do the right things to try and get up that league.”