Skipper Andy Butler today urged Walsall to take the first steps towards Wembley by beating Wolves – insisting you do not become a bad team overnight.
The Saddlers head to Molineux tonight looking to spring a derby surprise in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round clash and at the same time quickly banish the memories of Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Preston.
A fixture which was already one of the biggest of the season for Dean Smith’s men has taken on even greater significance in the wake of that result, though they should be given plenty of support with more than 1,200 tickets already sold in the visiting section.
And Butler is determined they will give the supporters something to cheer, saying the squad see the competition as a great way of reaching a Wembley final.
“Hopefully the fans are there in force and we give a good account of ourselves,” he said. “If you can’t get up for a local derby you never will.
“For clubs like us this competition is a great opportunity to get to Wembley. It’s six games and there is nobody above League One level in it – there is nobody we should fear.
“Wolves will be tough but it’s a cup game. Why can’t we beat them and why can’t we go all the way?”
Like manager Dean Smith, Butler was honest in his appraisal of Saturday’s performance, admitting the Saddlers had been well below their best.
But he believes the team are strong enough to move on and learn from their mistakes and knows a win over Wolves would quickly change the mood.
“Things can turn around quickly,” he said. “If we beat Wolves and win our next few league games things will look very different. It’s only one week in a long season.”