Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press ahead of this evening's League One clash with Scunthorpe United, and has looked back to the last time the two sides met, which was at Banks's Stadium in September, and saw the Saddlers defeated by four-goals-to-one.
Whitney, who will be taking charge of his fifty-second Saddlers game, called upon his players to remember how they felt after the Iron won the match and turn it into a positive as they look to return to winning ways.
Speaking via the Express & Star, Jon said; "I think it’s important we remember that game and how they played. They put us under pressure early. They played at a high tempo. That defeat hurt. It hurt for me as the manager, it hurt the players and it hurt the fans.
"I don’t think there is any harm to retrospectively look back at that. We need to make sure we don’t allow them to have that same freedom again. We need to turn it into a positive.”
Jon continued; “It’s going to be tough. I watched them against Shrewsbury. They try and press and play with a high energy. First and foremost we have to match that. But I think we dominated possession in the second half at Bolton. And before that we were unbeaten in five.
“If we take the tempo we showed in the second half at Bolton, the way we got through the lines, we will be a threat for them. We need to take away those individual mistakes. But everyone is determined to make this the start of another unbeaten run."