The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

DE­FENDER Ja­son Demetriou says Wal­sall are League One’s an­swer to Premier League jaw-drop­pers Le­ices­ter City as the Sad­dlers refuse to drop off from the pro­mo­tion race.

Wal­sall have had to con­tend with los­ing boss Dean Smith to Brent­ford this sea­son, but Sean O’Driscoll has en­sured their Cham­pi­onship dream re­mains very much alive since his ar­rival in De­cem­ber.

They were perched in se­cond prior to this week­end, hav­ing en­joyed a bet­ter cam­paign than pre-sea­son favourites Wi­gan, Sh­effield United and Mill­wall so far.

And Demetriou be­lieves the com­par­i­son with the Foxes – who have shaken up Eng­land’s top tier – is an apt one.

“They’ve got great char­ac­ters and good team spirit. And that’s one of the main things we’ve got here,” said the 28year-old.

“That’s 60 or 70 per cent of it and we’ve got that in abun­dance. We think we’re one of the bet­ter teams in this league but we’ve al­ways been kind of un­der the radar.

“A lot of peo­ple have been ex­pect­ing us to slip away but we’ve man­aged to do well and stay up there.”

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FORM: Ja­son Demetriou

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