Walsall midfielder Tom Knowles has apologised to supporters after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra and has called on the team to show fight and passion when they take on Harrogate Town tomorrow.
The Saddlers are on a run of six without a win and will be looking to put that right in Yorkshire tomorrow evening.
It was a disappointing afternoon in Crewe at the weekend and the 24-year-old is keen to repay the fans for their fantastic support all season and was apologetic about the performance.
“I want to start off by saying sorry to the travelling fans because they’ve come out in their numbers and we haven’t put in a performance good enough to warrant their support,” he said.
“All season they’ve followed us up and down the country and we have to repay them in our performances to make it worth their time, energy and their money, especially in the times that we’re living in.
“We’re in a very privileged position to represent this club and that’s something I personally take very seriously because I know what it’s like being a fan and I want to repay them. The support they’ve shown the team and I throughout the whole of this season has been brilliant.
“It’s really frustrating and annoying that we’re not giving them anything to cheer about because I’m sure if we’d have got the first goal (on Saturday), that away end would have been rocking and they’d have really got behind us and that’s credit to the fans so we have to repay them."
Michael Flynn’s side have the chance to respond quickly when they face the Sulphurites tomorrow night.
Knowles insists the team have a lot to play for and insists they need to battle hard to try and get three points.
“We have to fight as well,” he commented.
“People will say we’ve got nothing to play for but we’ve got personal pride, we’ve got the club to represent and we’ll be doing that from now until the end of the season.
“Harrogate are going to fight where they are in the league but we have to show that fight and passion and then some.
“We don’t want to look at the end of the season and see that we’ve lost to clubs that are near the bottom.
“We want to take those games by the scruff of the neck and get three points because ultimately, you’ve got to win those games if you want to be near the top of the table.”