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Saddlers in good spirits ahead of our trip, says Tony

Tony talks Walsall, table-topping and the supporters ahead of Saddlers trip

23 February 2018

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Unbeaten in their last four games, Walsall will come into the clash against Rovers at the Banks's Stadium in buoyant mood, according to Tony Mowbray.

It was less than a month ago that Rovers defeated the Saddlers on home turf, with a Danny Graham brace and a Bradley Dack strike ensuring the three points went to Mowbray's men.
 
But since then, Saturday's hosts have added a few signings and are in good form, and Tony believes it will be a completely different test to the one his side overcame at the end of January.
 
“We only played them three or four weeks ago and they’ll have learnt a lot about that game," the boss said when reflecting on that Tuesday night victory against the Midlands side.
 
"Speaking to their manager after the game, he was disappointed that they fell into a few traps that night.
 
“They’ll be desperate to get a positive result and to play the team at the top of the table will only intensify things for their supporters.
 
“They’ll adapt their usual tactics, I’m sure. It shouldn’t impact what we do and the way we play. They’ll come into the game feeling good about themselves."
 
Never one to look to far ahead, the boss adds that all the focus is on Walsall, despite having a trip to AFC Wimbledon on the horizon.
 
And the carrot for the team is to stay top of the league with the three points, as the season's chasers now turn into the chased.
 
“The message for a long time has been about the next game. We’ve enjoyed trying to claw back the points, enjoyed the chase. We’re there to be shot at now and the motivation needs to stay really high," Mowbray said.
 
“You go into games knowing now that three points will keep you top, unless Wigan have one of their games in hand. 
 
“The challenge is to have a real determined motivation to win the game. It’s to try and beat all these teams at their maximum performance levels. We’ve seen that this week by seeing two League One sides performing brilliantly against two top Premier League sides."
 
Another away game, another sell out crowd from the Rovers faithful and Tony is eager to ensure there will be parties on the buses back to East Lancashire after the game - which will only come with a victory.
 
“We’ll have a big travelling support and hopefully we’ll make it a good day for them.
 
“The away support has been amazing in the year I’ve had at the club. I remember the stand in my first game away at Burton being full that night.
 
“The team played well for that game and the supporters were brilliant. They’ve been superb all season for us."

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