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Jon Whitney: Walsall need goals from all areas

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Boss Jon Whitney says Walsall are working hard to ensure they score goals from all over the pitch.

Jon Whitney

The Saddlers have netted 42 times in League One this season, with only eight teams in the division having scored less.

Earlier in the campaign, Whitney's men were over-reliant on top scorer Erhun Oztumer who is currently on 13 for the campaign.

But over the past few weeks, Joe Edwards, Kieron Morris and Jon Guthrie have all got amongst the goals. And Whitney believes it's vital all his out-field players chip in.

"We need goals to come from everywhere," the boss said.

"If we say we have got to defend from the front, then you have also got to score from the back.

"Set-pieces we need to make more of. I know Jon Guthrie got one at Blackpool, but we need to be more of a threat from corners and free-kicks.

"Every opportunity we get we have to make the most of. We get some good balls into the box and we want midfielders arriving in the box.

"We do a lot of training ground routines where we get four into the box. If we do it right, we should have our nine and 10 in the box, the opposite wide player and a midfielder in the box.

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"That tells me there is a chance for us all to score goals. And as long as we score, I don’t mind who gets them."

Walsall host high-flying Blackburn at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday having been convincingly beaten by Tony Mowbray's side at Ewood Park last month.

But while Whitney accepts Rovers are amongst the best teams in the division, he says they are beatable.

"Blackburn were impressive against us," the boss admitted.

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"Rotherham were impressive – especially in the first game. But that was down to our poor play at times.

"I like the way Shrewsbury do it. I respect Paul Hurst for the way he has got them playing. They do the basics but they do them really well. They are there on merit.

"Wigan are having a little bit of a blip but they will finish strong. All four of those teams at the top are good teams.

"But It’s important we concentrate on ourselves. There are some useful teams in this league but they are all beatable on the day."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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