Mat Sadler Keen to Start Walsall's Run of Home Games With a Win

Walsall defender Mat Sadler has spoken ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round clash between the Saddlers and National League North outfit Darlington and admitted the gap between non-league and the league has decreased in recent years.
The Saddlers arrive at this weekend's cup clash on the back of a string of six straight defeats and are in desperate need of a positive result and performance as even the most loyal of supporters is beginning to question the club's league future with their side sitting just two points above the League Two relegation zone.

Sadler, who has made twelve first-team appearances since returning to Banks's Stadium in the summer, feels there won’t be too much difference between the two sides this weekend and is keen to begin the Saddlers' run of four consecutive home games with a victory and progression in the FA Cup.

Speaking via the club's official website, Mat said; "It’s the next game but it’s one we’re desperate to win in front of our home fans. We have four consecutive home games and the first opportunity to win a football match is on Saturday.

"There’s that added spice of it being in the FA Cup against a team from a couple of divisions below but we all see now with the way non-league football is, that there are good teams down there and I’m sure they are full time at Darlington so they are no mugs and we know it will be a tough game.

"I think the gap is now smaller, teams are professional in those leagues and that’s their jobs so I don’t think that can fail to bring the level closer.

"You see a lot of clubs get promoted from the National League that they come up and do really well in the league the next season so without doubt the standard in the National League and National League North is good."

Despite Walsall’s recent losing run, which sees them battling towards the foot of League Two, Sadler insists the team are keeping the faith and feels a winning run isn’t too far around the corner.

Mat added; "A good run is never too far around the corner and you have to keep believing that so it’s not hard to keep positive because that’s your job.

"You all go through spells of not winning football matches but it’s always important to reset after every single one. You will hear managers across the country say that they’ve got to keep an even keel and a level head through all the good runs and the bad runs."
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