Dean Smith today admitted his team must improve in front of goal as it was confirmed striker Milan Lalkovic is out of Saturday’s trip to Colchester United.
The 20-year-old forward is away on international duty with Slovakia under-21s who face Scotland on Thursday night and then Luxembourg on Monday in their European Championship qualifying campaign.
Lalkovic, who is on loan at the Banks’s from Chelsea until January, has not scored since the opening day of the season against Tranmere but has been a regular starter.
The Saddlers head to Essex looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bradford with manager Smith urging his players to become more clinical.
His side have scored 11 goals in their opening 10 league games but six of those have come in two games, the 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers and the 3-0 win at Crewe last month.
During Saturday’s defeat both Paul Downing and Ashley Hemmings squandered golden opportunities in the second half which would have brought them back into the game.
“We had a number of chances against Bradford but we just didn’t take them and that happens,” said Smith.
“It’s something we have to get better at, putting the ball in the back of the net.
“We had better chances on Saturday than they (Bradford) had.”
The defeat ended a four- game unbeaten run but Smith remains philosophical, claiming it was just another example of the division’s strength in depth.
“It’s a strong league and I said that at the start of the season. There are some really good teams and you have to be at your best to win games,” he added.
He added: “We had momentum – we were unbeaten in the last four games, got a point with 10 men at Leyton Orient last week, winning at Wolves and Crewe.
“And we’re disappointed to lose at home because we’ve been so strong at home. We had chances to get back in it but we just didn’t take them.
“We’ve got one-and-a-half points a game so far and if we keep performing like we are doing, we will certainly make sure we win a lot more games than we lose.”