Jon Whitney: Walsall will show no mercy against Gillingham

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Walsall boss Jon Whitney wants his side to heap more misery on struggling Gillingham.

The Saddlers travel to Priestfield Stadium to face Justin Edinburgh's Gills who have lost their last four games.

That run has seen Edinburgh come under pressure from fans with the team having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 24 outings.

Walsall meanwhile have won three games on the spin, with Whitney keen to make that four in Kent.

"The plan is to be nice and solid at the back and then hurt them with our attacking play," he said.

"Their form has dropped. It is a tough place to go but it is also a game we are really looking forward to.

"It's a good pitch, it'll be under the floodlights and we have got momentum with just one loss in seven.

"We have to keep doing what we've been doing, but tighten up on set-pieces. We know they are dangerous but we will concentrate on ourselves and what we do well."

Whitney is hoping to be able to call upon former Gills star Simeon Jackson for tonight's clash.


The Canadian missed Saturday's win over Shrewsbury with a thigh injury he picked up on international duty.

In his absence, Amadou Bakayoko marked his first league start for the club with a goal.

But the youngster is suspended for tonight's clash after being sent off in the closing stages of that victory for jumping into the crowd to celebrate Walsall's late winner.

"Simeon should be available and he is eager to play against his old side," Whitney said. "But we also have Andreas Makris so we can cope in that department.

"Ama is disappointed because he'd like to get a run of games. But that is what comes with experience, next time he won't be jumping into the crowd."

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