Walsall Captain Josh Labadie insists his side are gunning for three points when they head to Brisbane Road. The Saddlers are winless on the road this season but the 31 year old is not phased by their away form. Speaking to saddlers.co.uk “it’s not something I look into, I’m confident we can go to any away ground in this league and pick up three points”.
Wasall picked up their first win in five games last weekend with a 2-1 home victory over Salford. Kieran Phillips put them ahead after a minute before Ash Eastham equalised in the second half but substitue Connor Wilkinson struck in added time to give them victory. Head Coach Matt Taylor was delighted with the result stating to saddlers.co.uk “we got what we deserved today, today was three points which reflected the performance and the hard work the players put in”.
The Saddlers have made a relative slow start to the campaign after wholesale changes in the summer with Matt Taylor arriving as head coach. Taylor’s side have settled down to life in League Two as he shapes his squad and is delighted to have competition for places. Following their win, Taylor stated to saddlers.co.uk “hopefully it’s given the players confidence, we’ve been performing well on a whole but not got the results we’ve deserved. We’ve had a good week where they have trained well, there has been an energy and buzz around the place this week”.
Labadie arrived in the summer from Newport and is enjoying his time as a Saddler. Despite sitting in 19th, the 31 year old highlights it is very tight in League Two and it is still early on in the season. Speaking to saddlers.co.uk “we know what we’re capable of in the dressing room. We know our ambitons and goals, we are confident we can achieve them. It;s still early days, we are still gelling as a team. It is alot about building momentum and picking up back to back wins”.
Walsall have only picked up two points on the road and Taylor is fully aware that it will be a tough ask to add to that tally at Leyton Orient on Saturday. Speaking to saddlers.co.uk “ they are a very capable team with an extremely experience manager who has a clear philsophy of how the football club is going to play. They have got quite a settled squad and seem solid. It is going to be a really difficult game, they don’t concede huge amount of goals and are a threat from set plays”.
Head to Head – Walsall 24, Draw 20, Leyton Orient 31