The best is still to come from his players, reckons Saddlers boss Dean Smith as they prepare to tackle MK Dons.
The Saddlers head to Buckinghamshire tomorrow with the manager admitting they have not been consistent enough this season. Smith’s side showed the biggest sign of their potential in the recent win at Swindon, though it was followed up by defeat to Coventry.
Still, the manager believes the youth of his side means they are only destined to get better.
“We have not found the consistent form we would like but the players are getting better and better and learning all the time,” said Smith.
“Standards are always there. We set our own standards in terms of what we want. The 3-1 scoreline probably flattered Swindon on the night.
“There was some really good football played and some good goals scored. We know we are capable of that and the key when you are playing with young lads is consistency.”
The trip to Milton Keynes looks an inviting one on paper for Smith’s side. Karl Robinson’s Dons have lost five of their last six while the Saddlers have excelled at times on the road this season, winning four of seven League One fixtures away from the Banks’s.
But the hosts do boast the division’s top scorer in Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford and Smith is expecting a tough game.
“MK Dons were another fancied team at the start of the season and it’s going to be another tough game, they play good football,” he said.
“They are not on a great run at the moment but have good players in the team.
“Bamford is definitely one we have to be aware of.”
Once again Smith has a full squad to choose from. The Saddlers have remained largely injury-free over the first three months of the campaign and Smith paid tribute to the work of physio Jon Whitney.
“Jon’s room is very quiet at the moment and that’s the way we like it,” said Smith.
“We are doing well. Certainly with the injury prevention they do we seem to have very few soft tissue injuries which is good.
“Impact injuries, we have not had many of those either, in games or training.”