The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

THE League One au­to­matic pro­mo­tion race looks like go­ing to the wire, but Wal­sall in­terim man­ager Jon Whit­ney be­lieves his side’s de­sire can see them over the line.

Head­ing into yes­ter­day’s clash against Colch­ester, Wal­sall were third fol­low­ing back-to­back away vic­to­ries un­der Whit­ney, with just goal dif­fer­ence keep­ing them be­hind Wi­gan.

Whit­ney wants his troops to keep up their high stan­dards as the Sad­dlers look to avoid the lot­tery of the play-offs. “There is a real de­sire among the play­ers – you can see it build­ing, ”Whit­ney said.

“Even on the way up to Fleet­wood (Wal­sall won 1-0 in mid­week), the play­ers were laugh­ing and there is a real spirit among them.

“They can have suc­cess, play with free­dom and ex­press them­selves, but they have to make sac­ri­fices phys­i­cally.

“Tac­ti­cally and tech­ni­cally you can be great but you have to put in that hard work.We did that against Fleet­wood and that re­sult up­set our ri­vals.”

UP­BEAT: Jon Whit­ney

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