Walsall’s Mat Sadler enjoys FA Cup ‘challenge’ against Southampton

MANAGER Mat Salder has insisted Walsall come to Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Saints to “prove people wrong”.

The 38-year-old admitted it will be a test for his side against an in-form Southampton side who are unbeaten in 18 games but which he is looking forward to.

Walsall travel to St Mary’s after a 6-1 away win over Grimsby Town on New Year’s Day.

Sadler’s side have lost just one of their last six league games, having won against Wrexham, Notts County and Crewe in that time.

“It’s a fantastic challenge,” Sadler told Walsall club media ahead of Saturday’s cup tie at St Mary’s.

“Russell did a great job there. They, like us, showed a brilliant game, so we know that they will be a very strong opponent.

“This is a break from competition for us after a brutal phase of the last four weeks.

“It was tough, the boys did a great job recovering between games and preparing for the next game, so they deserve a lot of credit for that.”

“We are now looking forward to a very good competition and a very good challenge.”

Walsall entered the FA Cup in the first round, defeating non-league opponents Sheppey United and Alfreton Town to set up a match against Southampton.

Southampton’s defeat to League Two side Gillingham earlier this season could be seen as a sign of losing the cup.

“We go there to prove people wrong, that’s the goal. “It will be a completely different test of character,” Sadler added, via the Express and Star.

“You asked what the FA Cup means to me? “If you’re in the first round, you want to go to the third round and play big games.”

“This is a big game. This is something we are really looking forward to and we have overcome some difficult times to achieve this.

“I think so because these were real banana peel games that we played. We’re going to get them in the best frame of mind so they can do everything I’ve talked about so far.

“But we don’t go there just to have fun. We will be pleased to play well and be the best version of ourselves in a game that we know will be difficult, but that is the challenge.”

Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo

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