Dean Smith today insisted Walsall will not suffer a Swindon hangover in tomorrow’s derby with Coventry City.
The Saddlers 3-1 win at Swindon Town on Tuesday, which moved them into the League One top six, has been lauded in some quarters as one of the club’s finest performances for years.
And Smith admits the players had to come quickly back down to earth in order to prepare for their clash with the Sky Blues, who themselves have been in great form.
“I think the Swindon win has been noticed is because of the form they were in and the momentum they had, being unbeaten at home all season,” said Smith.
“I think how emphatic the win was will have got people to take notice. But from our point of view we just have get on with it. It’s three points, that is all it was and now we have to do it again.
“We’ve had to come back to earth very quickly, just like after the Wolves game. Every time we look at the next fixture it’s been a tough one and it will be no different with Coventry.”
There are unlikely to be too many betting on a 0-0 tomorrow.
The Saddlers have scored five in their last two, while only leaders Leyton Orient have hit more than Coventry’s 30 league goals so far, the bulk of those coming from strike pair Callum Wilson and Leon Clarke.
Smith admits his defence is facing one of its toughest tests of the season.
“They score goals,” he said. “We have played already against Lisbie and Mooney at Orient who are scoring and this will be just as tough.
“I thought we dealt really well with Nile Ranger, Dany N’Guessan and Nicky Ajose on Tuesday but these two are good as well.
“Wilson has tremendous pace, has scored a lot of goals and has probably been the surprise package this season.
“But Leon Clarke, who we all know about, has got goals in the Championship and is probably on Championship as well.”