The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

JOE Ed­wards knows se­ri­ous ques­tions have been asked of Walsall this sea­son, but the mid­fielder in­sists the Sad­dlers have the mo­men­tum which makes them dark horses in the pro­mo­tion race.

Jon Whit­ney’s men strug­gled at the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign, but a thump­ing 4-1 vic­tory over Sh­effield United in midJan­uary helped turn their form around and they are now within sight of a play­off place.

Walsall’s form at the Banks’s Sta­dium has been im­pres­sive, with five suc­ces­sive home wins be­fore yes­ter­day’s clash with Old­ham, and Ed­wards has lofty am­bi­tions.

“There was a lot of talk at the start of the sea­son about how good a team we could be,” the 26-year-old said.

“But it was about putting in a per­for­mance so peo­ple could be­lieve it. We, as play­ers, al­ways knew what we were ca­pa­ble of.

“But it’s one thing say­ing it – you have got to do it. It took a bit longer than we hoped, but af­ter Rochdale (a 2-0 home de­feat on Jan­uary 2) we beat Sh­effield United and that has been the cat­a­lyst.

“We showed then we could beat top of the league and we showed peo­ple what we can do. Now we need to keep go­ing be­cause we want to be fight­ing for some­thing at the end of the sea­son.”

BELIEF: Joe Ed­wards

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