Febian Brandy: We can take the derby heat

Febian Brandy today insisted Walsall must keep their cool in the derby heat if they want to stun Shrewsbury.

WALSDONC23TT18.JPG

The striker has backed the Saddlers to be ready for Sunday’s Shropshire clash and arrest their mini-slide.

Shrewsbury have won once in their last five games while the Saddlers have lost their last three but Brandy said Walsall can handle the derby pressure.

He said: “It’s a big game and there’s going to be quite a lot of expectation, but the lads are ready for it.

“There’ll be a big build-up but the lads are capable of getting the three points.

“When I came here I didn’t know there was a massive rivalry between Walsall and Shrewsbury but the lads are taking each game as it comes. It can be a cup game, a derby or playing someone up north.

“We’re always just looking to get the next three points.

“It could be a derby or whatever but we can pass any team off the park on a good day – even on a bad day.

“We’ve had a blip but the lads we’ve got here can override it and we’re positive.

“We’ve beaten teams like Portsmouth and MK Dons and we’ve beaten teams who are favourites to go up. Teams are coming to us and playing 4-5-1 which is a compliment to us.”

The 23-year-old is hunting his first start since he joined in the summer with Will Grigg away on international duty with Northern Ireland.

He has recovered from a hamstring injury which kept him out for six weeks and made a brief substitute appearance in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit, missing a penalty in the shoot-out.

* Florent Cuvelier is in the Belgium Under-21 squad for tonight’s friendly in Greece, but will return for Sunday’s game.