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Pre-match: Sadler highlights impact supporters can have ahead of Notts County clash

12 April 2024

Club News

Pre-match: Sadler highlights impact supporters can have ahead of Notts County clash

12 April 2024

Walsall Head Coach has highlighted the impact Saddlers fans can have on the team and is expecting the supporters to make the Poundland Bescot Stadium a caldron of noise on Saturday.

The Saddlers start a run of three home games in seven days with Notts County the first of the visitors tomorrow afternoon.

Sadler highlighted how the supporters have really dragged the team through difficult moments in games and how vital the togetherness between players, staff and supporters has been a real asset throughout the campaign and he is hoping for more of the same at tomorrow’s match.

"We look forward to being at home,” Sadler said.

"We know there will be a good contingent from Notts County coming but we look forward to as many Walsall fans coming and supporting the team.

"I’ve said countless times about the impact our supporters have had on us this season – we’re going to need everyone again.

"We’re going to need everyone pulling in the same direction again because trust me in every single game, and Saturday will be no different, there will be periods where supporters will need to drag us through and that’s the rally cry – drag us through that, be with us, stick with us and make the place a fortress of noise and support towards the team because we’ve shown however many times this season how much that means to us and drives us on so it will be an important factor in the game on Saturday so come in your numbers, sing loud, sing proud and really push our team on and the guys, like they have done, will continue to give everything they can.”

Sadler will be hoping to be able to call on Jamille Matt who was forced off at half-time at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Saddlers were also without Jackson Smith in midweek and the Head Coach provided an update on their conditions.

“We’re nursing our way through with Jamille so we’ve got to be careful with how things look with him from that side of things and we’ll see whether the weekend comes too quickly,” Sadler commented.

“The rest of the guys are fighting to get back fit. Jackson was unwell for Tuesday so we’ll see where he’s at but we’ll piece it together.

“Jamie (Jellis) is champing at the bit, he’s played in a game here (at the training ground) and he’s desperate to be involved so it’s up to me to make sure it’s the right time for him but certainly, he’s pushing to be involved.

“We’re very lucky to have the squad that we have that everyone wants to come in, everyone wants to contribute and everyone is ready and prepared to do that and that’s something we’ve echoed throughout the season.”

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