George Dobson looking to string a run together at Walsall
George Dobson wants Walsall’s victory over Oxford to kick-start an extended unbeaten run.
The Saddlers travel to take on Charlton on Saturday having registered their first victory in six outings against the U’s last weekend.
Currently sitting four points above the relegation zone, Jon Whitney’s side enjoyed a rich vein form last January with a win over Sheffield United sparking a five match unbeaten run.
And midfielder Dobson is hoping the win over Oxford can have a similar effect.
“To get the three points against Oxford was massive for the whole club,” the 20-year-old said.
“There has been a lot going on both on and off the field.
“But we had a game plan against Oxford. We stuck to it, we had a little bit of luck along the way but we did what we had to do to get the three points.
“Now we have to kick on and build on it both for Charlton and for the rest of the season. We’re determined to go on a run so we can quickly climb the table.”
Dobson, who was on loan with the Saddlers throughout the 2016/17 campaign, rejoined the club on a permanent basis earlier this month after opting to leave Sparta Rotterdam.
But he kept a close eye on events at the Banks’s Stadium during his time in Holland and revealed he walked back into a positive dressing room despite some disappointing results.
“All the boys have been really positive,” the former West Ham youngster said.
“Everyone has been at it every day in training to make sure we improve as a team and individuals.
“While I was in Holland I was watching the team to see how they were getting on.
“They had some really good performances and others when they could have done better.
“I know the club and I know the way the team wants to play. And that was a massive thing for me coming back.
“I wanted to come back so I can improve as an individual and to help this team push up the table.”
Dobson played as both a holding midfielder and attacking midfielder during his loan with the Saddlers last season.
But he now wants to focus on playing more centrally and helping the team both going forward and at the back.
“I see myself now as a central midfielder,” he added.
“I feel I can be a holding midfielder that also gets the team playing.
“I feel my biggest strength is my passing, getting on the ball and taking the ball under pressure.
“I know I’ve still got to word to do to improve in all those areas.
“And also the other areas of my game that aren’t so strong such as my fitness.
“But I do feel that is coming on and is only going to get better with the more games I play.”