Holding the leaders lifts opponents

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WALSALL will derive encouragement from having matched leaders Charlton though they head into the Owls game with a poor home record.

The Sadlers have won only four times this season at the Bescot Stadium including only twice in the league but those fortunes include a 1-1 draw with the League One leaders.

Defender Lee Beevers - no relation to Wednesday’s Mark Beevers - says: “Against Charlton we played really well. As long as we can keep that type of performance going, week in week out, I’m confident we can get points.

“We don’t approach the Sheffield Wednesday game any different to any other game. We have got to turn up and work hard to get something from the game.”

An away 1-1 draw against Huddersfield last month is another result that suggests the Owls will meet with stiff resistance on Boxing Day though Walsall are fourth from bottom.

The Saddlers have won only 21 times in all competitions but have picked up a point in each of their last five away matches.

Another trend has been their inability to hold leads.

Wednesday may have only drawn with Huddersfield after being 4-2 ahead but the Sadlers have dropped 15 points after being in winning positions, the joint worst record in the league, along with that of Wycombe and Scunthorpe.