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Sean O'Driscoll : Romaine Sawyers is a marked man now

Walsall's Romaine Sawyers must learn to deal with the pressure that comes with being a marked man, boss Sean O'Driscoll believes.


The creative schemer enjoyed an outstanding start to the 2015/16 campaign with six goals in the first 19 games as well as numerous assists.

But the St Kitts and Nevis international hasn't found the target in his last 16 outings with O'Driscoll believing defenders are now singling him out for special attention.

"It's the second half of the season and it's no longer a case of little old Walsall," O'Driscoll said.

"Romaine is now gaining a reputation for his performances.

"Nobody is going to make it easy for him and it's up to him to step up to it.

"He is a bit of catalyst for our forward play; he makes things happen for us.

"But he is always delighted if other people score and he's involved.

"I don't think he should get het up about it (goal tally). But if he gets into good positions we will be encouraging him to shoot."

Meanwhile, full-back Jason Demetriou is targeting more goals after netting his fifth of the campaign in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

"Sometimes you get a sense that the ball could fall for you which is how I felt against Blackpool," he said.

"I've been lucky that a few goals have fallen for me this season and hopefully there will be a few more to come.

"I can get forward because Adam Chambers sits in front of the back four. He allows us to do that."

Elsewhere, Walsall have confirmed their League One clash at Fleetwood will now take place on Tuesday, March 15.

The game was called off on December 12 and again on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tickets for the previous games will be valid for the new March date.

Supporters with tickets who can't attend will be entitled to a refund.

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