Dean Smith today claimed Walsall’s work ethic is helping build a bond between players and fans.
The Saddlers were roared on by around 2,300 travelling supporters in the 1-0 derby win at Wolves on Tuesday and the team spent time saluting the fans after the final whistle.
Smith has been delighted with the backing his side have received on their travels this season and believes supporters can relate to the players’ hard-working nature.
And he believes fans are also becoming increasingly familiar with a squad which has largely stayed together over the past 18 months.
“It was really good to see the number of fans at Wolves,” he said. “The support all season has been fantastic. At Crewe there were only just 4,000 in the ground but the 700 Walsall fans made themselves known throughout.
“I think there is a familiarity between the players and supporters now because these players have been the mainstay of the team for the best part of 18 months.
“I said when I took over that people in the Midlands like hard-working people. They see the players we have got are hard-working but also good footballers.”