Stephen Ward wants to get Walsall’s season off the ground tonight in their game against Scunthorpe as per The Express and Star.
The 35-year old joined the League Two side this summer from Ipswich but his new club has yet to get up and running so far this season. With two games gone, the Saddlers have yet to get a point on the board and have suffered two losses.
It’s not the start that the experienced Irishman would have wanted for his club and he is seemingly determined to wrap up some points in the side’s game against Scunthorpe tonight.
Speaking to the Express and Star, he said: “We’re still a new team that’s getting used to playing with each other and we will get better. But it has to start quickly as you can run out of games quite quickly in these leagues.
“To get a wake-up call as early as the second game, it’s something we have to realise can’t happen again – especially on our home turf.
“The fans here are great. They came in great numbers, so that was one of the most disappointing aspects.
“We wanted to win for them but we’ve got to dust ourselves off as players and be mentally strong. We’ve got to come and give them something to shout about.”
Although they arguably came up against two sides with promotion aspirations in Tranmere and Forest Green Rovers, the side will still be disappointed at the manner in which they suffered defeat. Against Tranmere, they struggled to break them down and couldn’t get themselves on the scoresheet, losing 1-0.
They followed that up with a 3-1 loss to Forest Green Rovers – meaning that they’ve shipped four goals in two games and only bagged one. Throw in the side’s EFL Cup loss to Doncaster Rovers and it’s been torrid watching for Saddlers fans so far – meaning tonight’s game against Scunthorpe is already viewed as quite an important game by both Stephen Ward and the club’s fans.
Walsall aren’t the richest side in the league but the squad they have assembled should do enough to keep them battling in the fourth tier. Adding Stephen Ward to the team could be a shrewd signing as even though the player is ageing, he can still do a job above this level.
Their defeats so far haven’t been up to scratch and they’ll be eager to get some points on the board early or risk having the energy and motivation drained from the side. Tonight’s fixture against Scunthorpe provides them with the opportunity to at least snare a point to get them going in the league, as the Iron have themselves not won a game yet.
It could be a crucial clash already this season – especially if, as many believe, Scunthorpe should be near the bottom two this campaign. If Walsall can’t pick up a decent result, alarm bells may start ringing already.