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Jon Guthrie: 'It’s Time to Stop Talking and Show it on the Pitch'

Walsall defender Jon Guthrie has spoken ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Oxford United and admitted that, with just six games remaining, he and his teammates have to begin to turn their recent spell of improved performance into victories.
Guthrie, who recently gained a new defensive partner in the form of ex-Birmingham City prospect Dan Scarr, has made forty-six first-team appearances so far this season and admits that the team must start to take their chances if they are to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.

The 26-year-old believes the Saddlers could have had a point had they taken their chances against Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, this despite the team falling to a two-goal deficit within the first four minutes of play as John Marquis (P) and Mallik Wilks hit the back of the net.

When asked whether the overall display against Rovers gives the team heart going into this weekend's outing, Guthrie, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "It does. Against Portsmouth, Sunderland and Barnsley we didn’t play too badly. Against Doncaster, at 2-1 we had chances.

"The gaffer said to us at half-time it could have been 3-3. He wanted us to stay positive going into the second-half but we couldn’t quite nick a goal. We have got to start taking our chances.

"We have got to be stronger in both boxes. The goals we conceded at Doncaster were too soft. We did create but we weren’t ruthless enough – you can say it’s unlucky but you have got to be more clinical.

"We have got a six-game season now. We all know what we have to do to stay in the league. Every game is absolutely massive and we have to go into every one looking for the win.

"We face a lot of teams in and around us. We know what we have to do and it’s down to us players to do it now. We have to focus on ourselves. We know what we have got to do to stay out of it at the end of the day. It’s time to stop talking and get out and show it on the pitch."

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