Craig Westcarr today claimed Walsall have shown they can fight for the play-offs this season – and claimed there are no “Barcelonas” in League One.
The striker feels recent results against Wolves and league leaders Leyton Orient have shown the Saddlers have what it takes to compete with the division’s big guns.
And while he stopped short of saying they can challenge for an automatic promotion spot, Westcarr believes there is no-one they should fear.
“Our performances have shown we can fight for a play-off spot, possibly even higher if we put our minds to it – you just never know,” he said.
“I think in this league everything is up for grabs. There isn’t one team you look at and think: ‘They are really good.’
“There are big teams like Wolves and Bristol City, but there is no-one to fear. I think you have to go into every game thinking you can win.”
Walsall became the first team to take points off Orient on Saturday, despite playing for most of the game with 10 men following Andy Butler’s sending-off.
Westcarr is their current top scorer and increased his goal tally for the season to five at Brisbane Road. He added: “We can go up against anyone. There are no Barcelonas in this league.
“Whether teams have won eight games on the spin, 18 games on the spin or whatever, we know we can go to those places and get results. We had no fear.”
Dean Smith’s men finished ninth last season, but featured well down the play-off betting order at the start of this campaign following the summer losses of Febian Brandy, Will Grigg and Jamie Paterson.
Westcarr reckons only results will change the national perception of the club.
“It was the same last year. Nobody really gave us a chance,” he said. “But we know what is inside the dressing room. We know how good we are.”