The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FOR­GET the magic of the Cup. Wal­sall de­fender James O’Con­nor says a week­end break will help the rest of their cam­paign.

The Saddlers reached the play-off semi-fi­nals last sea­son but are out­side this year’s pro­mo­tion pic­ture fol­low­ing a run of five games with­out a win.

How­ever, a shock vic­tory at Sh­effield United last Tues­day – bring­ing the Blades’ 15-game un­beaten run in the league to an end – has got tails up at the Banks’s Sta­dium.

O’Con­nor be­lieves their hum­bling by Na­tional League Mac­cles­field in the FA Cup first round will prove a bless­ing.

“We can use (the break) to clear up in­juries, freshen up and go again. Hope­fully we can kick-start our sea­son.

“You look back at where we were seven days be­fore (the Sh­effield game) af­ter los­ing 4-0 at Rochdale and how low ev­ery­one was. You are not go­ing to sud­denly start play­ing great foot­ball.

“It starts with hard work and ap­pli­ca­tion and we showed that in abun­dance.”

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