Andy Butler: Walsall FC no longer surprise package

Andy Butler today warned Walsall they can no longer count on being a surprise package in League One.

Andy Butler in the thick of it with Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams.
Andy Butler in the thick of it with Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams.

The skipper acknowledges the Saddlers have not been at their best in recent weeks and will be looking to get back on track when they host Preston North End tomorrow.

After thumping Tranmere on the opening day and fighting hard for wins at Port Vale and Oldham, they have struggled to find a consistent rhythm against Notts County and suffered a first league defeat against Brentford last week.

Dean Smith’s side surprised many by finishing ninth last season and Butler believes rival teams are now setting out to disrupt the Saddlers passing style.

He admits they must find ways to adapt but says confidence in the dressing room remains high.

“I think we were the surprise package last year and teams have taken notice now,” said Butler.

“They are starting to show a bit more respect to us, they come and try and stop us from playing the passing style which is our strength.

“There is definitely belief in the squad. It’s still early season so we can move on and we can play football.”

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Comments for: "Andy Butler: Walsall FC no longer surprise package"


Lets hope we can find a cutting edge up front from somewhere. We know that we do not have a proven goalscorer in the team at this level, and that includes the best forwards we have available. Our passing game is at times (when it is more positive) very pretty to watch but inevitably at this level usually means 10 passes with no end product.


Agreed, but we could of said the same at this point last season.

B Adam

There needs to be more passes into dangerous space, executed quickly, not after allowing defences to settle and organize. Also more running off the ball, and more shots taken...the ambition of the team needs to rise....not hoping to score one goal and being pleased with that but going out to score five or more in each half, this means no passing for the sake of it, but only to immediately and continuously create goal scoring opportunities. If forwards are struggling to hit target, they must take a lot more shots and practise much more...there is something missing in the training drills and the psychology

Swampy Saddler

Got to be able to adapt during games and for the midfield & defence to carry the ball, at the right times. Been frustrating watching some brilliant build up play, with no end product!

Having said that I also have confidence in Deano to work on these things with the team! UTS!!! SS.


I would rather have the opposition focusing on our strengths rather than searching for weak points anyway. A deadly striker would complete the set for us, there's no doubt about that.

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