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Walsall: Keeping the pressure on at the top of Sky Bet League 1

14 April 2016

Four wins in six games – Jon Whitney has inspired Walsall's return to form and the manager is now hoping his side can hunt down Burton Albion in Sky Bet League 1.

The Saddlers' boss took over after the March departure of Sean O'Driscoll and his side returned to third in the division in midweek by beating Gillingham 2-1.

They trail the Brewers by five points but have a game in hand over their promotion rivals. Whitney was proud of his side after the midweek victory and insists they will fight to the end.

“The Burton players will be having their tea and biscuits but they won’t taste as nice because we’re hunting them down," the boss said after the midweek win.

“It was a huge game and we approached it with belief. I have sensed people doubting us and I hope those people now realise what we are about.

“I said from the start that it’s going to be an up and down season. It is going to go right to the wire but I guarantee my players will give their all."

Walsall possess Sky Bet League 1's best away form (W12, D6, L3) but four of their remaining six games are at home, where they haven't fared as well (W8, D5, L6).

The first of those is on Saturday when they meet Southend United, who are 11th and on the periphery of the Play-Off chase.

The Saddlers were victorious in the reverse meeting at Roots Hall, triumphing 2-0 thanks to goals from Tom Bradshaw and Sam Mantom, and Whitney will be doing all he can to ensure his side picks up another three points to keep the pressure on at the summit of Sky Bet League 1.

“I don’t want them to get too down or too carried away. We always talk about an emotional baseline," the manager added.

“It was a great performance at Gillingham but we’ve quickly put it to bed and now it’s all about Southend.

“We’re working on their strengths and how we can apply our strengths to capitalise on their weaknesses.

“We need to back up Tuesday night’s performance with a home performance. We’ve got four home games left with two away.

“We need to keep that consistency of performance and we’ll then see if it keeps us up there around the promotion places.”

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