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Walsall's Andy Butler aiming for personal double over Wolves

7 March 2014

By Tony Leighton

Andy Butler ended Wolverhampton Wanderers' 100 per cent home record with the goal that gave Walsall a 1-0 local derby win at Molineux in September - now the Saddlers captain aims to end Wolves' current seven-match winning streak.

While their West Midland neighbours have been racking up the wins to take over the Sky Bet League 1 top spot, eighth in the table Walsall's promotion challenge has faded with just two points having been collected from their last six games.

But central defender Butler said defiantly: "We're still in with as much of a chance of reaching the Play-Offs as anybody else, and what better game to bounce back with than in front of a full house at our place against Wolves?

"Most people will be expecting Wolves to win, but then most people expected them to beat us at their place. It was a great game for us though, and we could have scored more than one goal that day to be honest.

"It's certainly a good memory for me and in fact I have scored at Molineux before, for Scunthorpe. So I did say to the lads before we got there that day that I was going to score. And it gave us a well-deserved victory."

Walsall's Banks's Stadium will have a sell-out crowd - their biggest of the season - watching Saturday's clash and Butler is relishing it. "I've never seen the ground packed out before," said the skipper, "so I'm really looking forward to it.

"We want our supporters to make as much noise as possible, because we know that the Wolves fans will make a bit of noise. If our fans can drown theirs out it really will help the players no end in a big local derby."

Whether the Saddlers can complete what would be a famous derby double remains to be seen, with Wolves going into the game as favourites after not only winning their last seven games but also conceding only one goal in the process.

Butler said: "Wolves' run has to come to an end some day, and why not against us? They've not conceded in the last month and they're scoring goals, so it's up to us to keep them out. But the pressure is on them because they're the form team.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and I know all the lads are. All it will take to kick-start us again is one win, it can give you massive impetus for the next game and confidence goes up no end - and hopefully this will be that win."

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