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Joe Edwards: Walsall must stick together to climb the table

Joe Edwards believes sticking together will be key to Walsall pulling away from the League One relegation zone.


The Saddlers, who are not in action this weekend, currently sit 16th in the table – just three points above the bottom four.

Edwards has felt the heartbreak of relegation twice before in his career with both Yeovil and Colchester.

And he says a strong team spirit as well as support from fans is what will drive Walsall back up the table.

"The biggest thing is to stick together," the midfielder said.

"We are a team, we are a club, we all want the same thing and we are all chasing the same goals.

"You want to get promoted or you want to finish as high as you can.

"In these tougher times you need to stick together, believe in one-another and know how good you can be.

"We do say it a lot, but we have got a talented bunch here who are all willing to work hard.

"It can be the smallest thing that makes a difference. And as long as you are all singing from the same hymn sheet – you have a good chance of doing that."

Edwards says as a group Walsall know results and performances must improve.

"We need to give the supporters something to believe in," he continued.

"The fans are massive for any football club. We want them to be enjoying their football, enjoying watching Walsall.

"It’s massive for us for them to be with us. It helps us a lot.

"If we can get them back on board by performing well and winning games it will good for everyone."

Edwards believes a consistent run of results will see Walsall quickly shoot up the table.

"League One is still very tight," he added.

"There are still three points separating around seven teams. We know a couple of wins on the bounce will really shoot us up the table.

"Recent results haven’t been what we wanted them to be. We want to be challenging for a place in the top-half of the table and further.

"If we can put a couple of wins together there is no reason why the fans won’t get on board with us."