Dean Smith today defended Walsall’s attack claiming his forwards are the envy of many League One rivals.
The Saddlers strikeforce has come under scrutiny again following last weekend’s 2-0 reverse at home to Bradford City, with sections of the fanbase once more urging Smith to sign a central striker.
But Smith, who admitted earlier this week his side must start scoring more goals, believes he already has enough quality at his disposal.
When asked if he had faith in the forward line he said: “I think we have forwards in our side a lot of other teams in our league would want.
“Craig Westcarr has five goals already and Ashley Hemmings has been scoring. We’ve also got James Baxendale and Romaine Sawyers.
“Troy Hewitt got off the mark against Wolves last month and though more goals haven’t come yet he has been working hard.
“The midfield have started to chip in as well.”
The Saddlers have netted 11 goals in league fixtures so far this term but six of those have come in two games – the 3-1 win over Tranmere and the 3-0 success at Crewe.
Smith believes it is only a matter of time before the goals start to flow and used Will Grigg as an example. The striker scored 20 goals for the Saddlers last season but didn’t get off the mark until October and Smith added: “I’m not too concerned at the moment.
“I think we have players in the team who can score goals, who are good finishers. We have to keep creating the right service and the goals will come.
“I have no doubts. I see the lads every day in training and see their finishing capabilities.”
The Saddlers go to Colchester United tomorrow looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat. Their opponents have not won in nine games but the Community Stadium has not proved a fruitful place for Smith in the past.
“I have been beaten in three visits down there as manager,” he said.
Milan Lalkovic played for Slovakia under-21s in their 2-1 defeat against Scotland last night but didn’t score.