James Chambers today claimed a hard work ethic will be vital to any success for Walsall this season.
The Saddlers have enjoyed a solid start to their League One campaign, picking up 15 points from the opening 10 League One games. But they head to Colchester United on Saturday looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bradford City.
Right-back Chambers is confident the Saddlers have the talent to make an impression this term but he says this must be combined with plenty of effort, if Dean Smith’s side are to hit their potential and not have any regrets come May.
“We have a good defence which has been quite tight and there is a solid midfield, with plenty of options,” he said.
“And whichever three or four the manager picks up front they have shown they can score goals.
“As long as we have the work-rate to match the talent, I think we are going to go a long way.
“Where we end up in the final weeks of the season, who knows? But whatever happens we need to make sure we look back and know we have made the most of the season.”
Former Albion man Chambers, who arrived at the Banks’s in August 2012, has been among the Saddlers’ most consistent performers and has started every game so far – only missing the final two minutes of the recent draw at Leyton Orient.
Ben Purkiss, his main rival for the right-back slot, has been the man to miss out but did well when he came on against Orient. Chambers has been impressed the attitude of those players who have had to bide their time.
“It’s one thing having strength in depth but it’s the character of the players who are out of the side, who are willing to put in the work in training, that is important,” he said. “That speaks volumes for the spirit of the team.”
He added: “As a group we have high standards. Going into each game we want to perform to the standard we can.
“Along the way there are going to be times when things don’t go our way but so long as we stay resilient we will be OK.”