Craig Westcarr today claimed Walsall can succeed without a target man after netting the winner against Stevenage.
The forward notched his sixth goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-1 win, as the Saddlers recorded their first victory in four games and their first at home since the opening day of the season. Fellow forward Romaine Sawyers was also on the mark.
Ahead of the game manager Dean Smith had reaffirmed his faith in the club’s current crop of attackers, after fans called for him to sign a central striker due to a lack of goals.
Westcarr has paid little attention to the debate but after seeing off Stevenage, he expressed his belief the Saddlers already have the players for the job.
“I know this is League One football but these days it’s not about the big target man and all that,” he said.
“Most of the teams in this league get it down and play, though there are teams – like Stevenage – who are a bit different.
“There is an argument for everything but a target man? Really? If you can pass and play like we did on Saturday, it’s not an issue.
“I don’t really buy into it, it’s a load of rubbish if you ask me.”
Romaine Sawyers made the most of his first start in almost a month by firing the Saddlers ahead in the 11th minute and Westcarr doubled the advantage ten minutes into the second half.
A mistake by keeper Richard O’Donnell allowed Francois Zoko to pull one back with 19 minutes before the visitors had Lucas Akins sent off for lashing out at Paul Downing.
The Saddlers head to Swindon tomorrow night just a point behind the top six and Westcarr says it is time everyone focused on the positives.
“We haven’t done badly without a target man, have we? I think everyone should look at the performances and why we are in a good position,” he said.
“Look at the positives and not the negatives and why we should get certain players in.
“It’s not the way we do things. As I say the gaffer has kept his faith and is getting the best out of everyone.”