James Chambers today urged Walsall to keep believing – claiming they have already proved they can compete against anyone in League One.
The Saddlers have now turned their attentions to this Saturday’s trip to MK Dons, where they will be looking to get back on track after their 1-0 derby defeat at home to Coventry.
It is the latest in a run of tough league fixtures for Dean Smith’s men, with a televised home clash against Peterborough United also looming on the horizon later in November.
But after having already beaten the likes of Wolves and Swindon this season, right-back Chambers believes they should have nothing to fear in the challenges ahead.
“I think it is a strong league and we have some tough games coming up. But as players and as a club we relish that,” he said.
“We know we can compete. Although we lost narrowly against Coventry we competed for the 90 minutes and we know we can do it against anyone.
“It’s all about trying to keep our performance levels as high as we can, keeping our style and keeping that belief in what we are doing.
“I’m sure we will do. With the management and coaching staff we have got are not going to give up off the back of one defeat. We still have a lot to do but we are a willing group and I’m sure in the games coming up we will be performing to the best of our abilities.”
Saturday’s defeat ended an unbeaten three-game run for the Saddlers.
Chambers, who has been among the Saddlers most consistent performers so far, believes it is vital people begin to take a long-term view adding: “It’s a 46-game season and one game is not going to make or break you.
“For us it’s a case of getting back to what we have been doing best.
“It’s not going to happen every week but if we perform like we have done the majority of weeks, we’ll pick up results.”
Tickets for the FA Cup first-round home clash with Shrewsbury Town on November 9 today went on sale from the Banks’s Stadium ticket office, priced at £16 to £20 for adults and £10 to £16 for juniors and senior citizens.