Sam Mantom today admitted Walsall must improve their home form after their away-day glory.
The Saddlers return to the Banks’s for the first time in three weeks on Saturday when they host Rotherham United and are looking to carry momentum from Tuesday’s stunning derby victory at Wolves. Three of their four League One wins have come on their travels, with the 3-1 opening day victory over Tranmere the only success at home.
It’s perhaps a slightly unfair statistic – the Saddlers have played just three home games to date – but they were well below par in their last outing in a 3-0 defeat to Preston.
And with the Wolves win coming hot on the heels of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Crewe, Mantom believes it is time they gave the home fans something to cheer.
“We need to start putting in those type of performances at home in front of our own fans and give them something to cheer about,” he said.
“The Preston game was disappointing. We know that. I think we have got it out of our systems now.
“We could not have responded in a better way but we’ve got to take every game as it comes.
“On Saturday, Rotherham will provide a totally different test, they have made a great start.
“Hearing Leyton Orient won 5-1 was a bit daunting but we need to take every game as it comes. It was great to beat Wolves and hopefully it will open the eyes of a few teams who are up there.
“There might be a few teams who fear us now.”
Mantom also confirmed the Saddlers are looking to be more positive, after drawing criticism for their failure to regularly test opposition keepers.
And, after the defeat to Preston, they have now netted six times in their last three games.
The midfielder, who is yet to get off the mark himself this season, admitted the club’s coaching staff have urged players to shoot when they get the chance.
“Richard O’Kelly is always telling us if you get around the box make sure you end up with a goal or a goal-kick. Don’t waste any chances you get,” he said.
“I think that is what we are doing at the minute and if we keep it up and taking our chances we can beat teams who are going to be up there.”