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Saddlers have nothing to fear, insists Liam Gordon

26 January 2023

Club News

Saddlers have nothing to fear, insists Liam Gordon

26 January 2023

Walsall left-back Liam Gordon insists the team have nothing to fear on Saturday when the Poundland Bescot Stadium plays host to Premier League Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup.

Exactly 45 years to the day since Alun Evans’ 89th-minute goal secured a historic 1-0 victory for the Saddlers, they will once again face the Foxes on home soil in the fourth round of the cup.

Gordon, who wasn’t around to witness this last meeting between the sides, is confident that Walsall can make history repeat itself.

“I wouldn't say I'm a superstitious man,” he said.

“But I’d take a one-nil win any day. As long as we win, I will take any result.”

The 23-year-old isn’t phased by the proposition of Premier League opposition either, with the former Premier League champions offering a dream opportunity for the Saddlers.

“I wouldn't say it's daunting for me because I think every professional footballer's dream is to play in front of a big crowd,” he insisted.

“If it's daunting for you, I don’t think this is the profession for you; these are the occasions that you most look forward to as a player.”

The crowd's backing will be fiercer than ever too, with a sold-out Poundland Bescot Stadium ready to cheer on the Saddlers, a proposition which Gordon believes plays into Walsall's hands.

“We are all looking forward to it, and especially as it's at our home ground, we’ve got the backing of our crowd, so we’ve got nothing to fear going into this game.

“They [Leicester] are used to being further away from the crowd [in Premier League stadiums], but it’s a lot more tight and packed here [at the Poundland Bescot Stadium], and that can put us in favour as they’re not used to that but, they play football and we play football, so it will just be who is better on the day, and hopefully that’s us.”

With only one defeat in the last 13 games, the left-back says the players are mentally and physically in the right place to make things happen on Saturday and for the rest of the season.

“We want to give them a cup upset,” he asserted.

“We have all the confidence. We have nothing to fear, the game that we lost against Stockport; we had an immediate reaction the week after against Mansfield, and it showed there was no disappointment after [the loss].

“We said if we have a good reaction against Mansfield and then Stockport again after that, then we could get back to a good run of games - we managed to do that, so we don't fear anything.

“We have got all the confidence, ability and togetherness in this group that we can do something special this season and on Saturday.”

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