FORMER Town skipper Chris Hutchings is looking to build on a productive Easter spell as he brings his Walsall team to the Galpharm Stadium tonight (7.45).
The Saddlers have notched back-to-back 2-1 home wins over Wycombe and Tranmere and, sitting comfortably in mid-table, Hutchings is looking for his side to keep their good run of form going as they now face Town and their fellow high-fliers Swindon on Saturday.
“We go into our two tough away games in good heart,” said Hutchings, who still lives in this area.
“We have a good bunch of lads at the club and they are prepared to work hard for each other.”
Hutchings could be looking at selecting from a full strength squad, but will be waiting on the fitness of defender Rhys Weston and midfielder Alex Nicholls.
Weston missed the 2-1 win over Tranmere due to a hamstring strain, while Nicholls limped off in the dying minutes with a calf problem.
Walsall are boosted, however, by the return of striker Troy Deeney, who served the final game of a two-match ban at the weekend, while defender Clayton McDonald, who returned from a three-match ban for the Tranmere clash, was a non-playing substitute against the Merseysiders.
Hutchings, whose side began the Easter period with a 1-1 draw at Stockport County, was delighted with Saturday’s success.
“It was an excellent goal from Darren Byfield to win the game and it is back-to-back wins now and seven points from three games from what has been a busy period,” said Hutchings.
“The lads have worked extremely hard and we are delighted with the points – which is what it is all about.”