Paul Merson has told his team that they have to 'grow up' if they are to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing loss to Yeovil Town.
The Walsall manager is looking for a reaction from his players when Chesterfield Town visit Bescot Stadium tomorrow and he hopes that they will have learned from a match in which they conceded two sloppy goals and gave the League One new boys their first win of the season.
Merson said: "I thought that we played well for long spells at Yeovil. But we ended up losing the game and, as a result, we have to grow up.
"We have a young team here, one that I firmly believe are on the way up. We are a lot more solid than we were this time last year, but we have to cut out the 15-minute spells where we lose concentration that are costing us dear.
" We have to show patience and realise that we are always going to create chances in games."
Walsall look destined to avoid last season's flirtation with relegation but similarly have yet to string a consistent sequence of results together with only one win in the last five games. Merson, however, is not unduly worried.
He said: "There is still a long way to go but I haven't seen anything at the moment that scares me. It's all about confidence and if someone could put a run together they could well go on to do a 'Luton'.
"To win promotion is hard work, though, and takes plenty of effort and concentration over a long period of time from everyone involved. Hopefully we can return to winning ways on Saturday and launch a positive run of results."
Defender Danny Fox is also optimistic about the future despite their recent stutters, saying: "We have not been consistent enough yet but we are still in the top half of the table.
"At times, like Yeovil on Saturday, we've given away silly goals with people standing back and allowing crosses into the box. That means we've got to set our stall out first and foremost and get a clean sheet, then we don't lose."