Andy Taylor has described Walsall’s strikeforce as ‘marked men’ ahead of tonight’s visit to Sheffield United.
And the former Tranmere Rovers defender, who spent three seasons with the South Yorkshire club before joining Dean Smith’s side last year, warned Milan Lalkovic, Romaine Sawyers and Craig Westcarr their exploits in League One this term means they can no longer rely on the element of surprise to upset opponents.
Having impressed during the recent victory over Peterborough, which was broadcast live on satellite television, the attacking trio endured a frustrating afternoon at Crawley Town last weekend and Taylor said: “Nowadays if you have a good game, particularly live on television, teams do their homework. Crawley will have watched the Peterborough game, focused on what our threats are and then tried to stop them.
“If you have a good game as a forward player the next game is going to be more difficult because teams will be aware of the threat and set up to try and stop it. Nowadays, there are big numbers of staff at clubs and they do their research to find ways to stop you playing.
“If you have a couple of good games and catch the eye, teams will spot it and try to stop you. It’s difficult to try to repeat that week-in, week-out, that’s where the team comes in so you need someone else to step up and do it.”
Saturday’s goalless draw at The Checkatrade,com Stadium dashed Walsall’s hopes of recording a third straight success in League One competition.
Taylor, who made 45 appearances for United during an injury-plagued spell at Bramall Lane, said: “We don’t feel we got the result we deserved, particularly in the second half. We had numerous chances and good situations but it didn’t quite fall for us.
“The keeper has pulled off a good save and the defenders got last minute blocks in but we’ll take the confidence into our next one.”