Walsall interim head coach Jon Whitney has beamed with pride following the Saddlers 4-1 victory over Chesterfield yesterday saying he was players and fans to enjoy football once more.
You get the feeling that these words were used as a criticism towards outgoing Walsall boss Sean O’Driscoll, with many suggestion the fear factor and lack of excitement had taken its toll on the side.
Walsall won their first game in six yesterday and the football on display was every reminiscent of the side which we came to love at the start of the season.
Whitney said Whitney said: ‘We`ve all said a lot of things this week – me more than most trying to build some momentum with the fans and players.
“I`ve tried to get the players to relax, to enjoy playing football again. The effort they put in today was fantastic.
‘The fans too they had their part to play and their percentage really helped us, so if we can do that again and keep that momentum building.
‘That`s what we are about and that`s what we`ve done this season.
‘When we`ve gone on a run of games, it`s been because of the momentum and the tempo that we play at and the belief that the players have got.
“I told the players, just stop and look at each other. Look at the player you`ve got next to you. What a hell of a player.
‘Look at the technical ability in him, look at the guile and resilience in Rico Henry. Look at the experience we`ve got in Jimmy O`Connor and Adam Chambers.
‘Then you`ve got Jordy Hiwula coming in on loan with his energy. They are fantastic ingredients for success. It`s not always guaranteed but if you give me a performance we`ll take that.”