Kevan Broadhurst aims to shuffle his pack once again as Walsall take on Bournemouth for the most critical game of his tenure at the Bescot Stadium, writes Ian Clarkson.

The Saddlers are still without a home win in 2006 and slumped to a dismal defeat against Bristol City on Saturday.

The optimism that followed Broadhurst's arrival in the hot-seat has gradually dissipated following a run of just one win from their last 15 league fixtures.

Since coming to the club, Broadhurst has used various combinations of Paul Devlin, Steve Claridge, James Constable and Andrew Barrowman in attack in an attempt to cure their worrying goals record.

Yet he has hit a dead end at every turn and the net is closing in as fixtures are running out.

Walsall must take maximum advantage of their game in hand tonight, against a side in need of points themselves to secure their own League One future.

It is a testing time for Broadhurst, whose own future won't be decided until the end of the campaign. Nevertheless, he is remaining upbeat as he attempts to lift his deflated squad for one final effort.

"It is a question of shuffling the pack and it looks like another shuffle is needed against Bournemouth," he said.

"This game is vital. The players have to show bravery. This is a challenging situation and we need players to take responsibility.

"I believe we can get out of trouble but we have to be a lot better. There were too many times against Bristol City when individual players were looking for help and we need leaders out there."

Grant Smith and Kevin James are likely to be absent with injuries but Ishmel Demontagnac is expected to be recalled after an impressive cameo role from the substitute's bench.