Super Tom Bradshaw may get a striking sidekick

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Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll admits he is considering playing with two strikers in a bid to give more support to Tom Bradshaw.

The promotion-chasing Saddlers played out their second goalless draw in the space of three days on Tuesday as Scunthorpe battled their way to a point at the Banks's Stadium.

On Saturday, O'Driscoll's men had to settle for the same scoreline despite creating the better chances in a tight clash with League One pacesetters Burton.

Both games saw the Saddlers struggle to create clear-cut opportunities for 15-goal striker Bradshaw, with the hitman having become more isolated in recent weeks.

And O'Driscoll is considering a tactical switch while also moving to remind fans they have now entered the toughest part of the season.

"It's important to remember it's now a different phase of the season," the boss said.

"Teams are either going for automatic promotion, fighting for their lives or going for the play-offs.

"There are no dead rubbers" he said. "The dilemma is do you play another striker and lose that organisation – what has really made the team successful.

"That is something we have to look at and see if it is an option. If it is, it will cause us problems in other areas. Bradshaw, against Scunthorpe, I thought was tremendous in other parts of this game.


"Chasing down defenders and also the goalkeeper when it would be easy not to do anything. But he chases everyone down and then quickly gets back into shape."

Despite the Saddlers scoring just twice in their past five games, O'Driscoll says nobody can fault his players' effort.

"Defensively we do the right things and work hard off the ball," he added.

"That is a must for any successful team and now we just have to keep plugging away. Sometimes when there is a bit of negativity flying around it's easy not to do the right things. But I think they have all shown they are really together

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