Walsall captain Donervon Daniels sees tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Premier League side Leicester City as a real opportunity for the players to showcase their ability.
The Saddlers will be looking to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time in 20 years and will also be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 triumph over the Foxes back in 1978, 45 years to the day of tomorrow’s match.
Daniels hopes the players can make the supporters proud and is keen to make the most of chance to perform against a top flight side.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to showcase ourselves as individuals and as a collective,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good window for the club to pit themselves against a Premier League club so we’re looking forward to it.
“These opportunities are not there every season, they come around once or twice in your career and you want to make the most of it.
“We’ve grafted really hard from the start of the season to get to this point. Our fans have been a key ingredient to that, pushing us on and supporting us when we were on a bad run so this is for them as much as it is for us and we want to do everyone proud.
“It’s a thank you for the supporters, a thank you to the ownership, we’re representing the gaffer, the coaching staff and we want to do ourselves justice.”
Over 10,000 supporters will be inside the Poundland Bescot Stadium and Daniels is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a full house.
“We’re buzzing with the fact it’s a sell-out crowd,” he commented.
“I think it’s the first time this season all our fans are going to be there to cheer us on and obviously, a few of theirs. It’s going to be an atmosphere that we’ve not yet experienced this season but one we’re really looking forward to.
“We’ve worked hard to get here and we want to showcase ourselves and do ourselves proud.”