Walsall put their proud defensive record on the line tonight when they take on Swansea City in the first round of the bizarrely-named Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Saddlers have not conceded a goal at home in any of the last seven matches but Kris Taylor knows this will be their biggest test yet.

The full back has been a virtual ever-present in a resilient Walsall rearguard and has an evens chance of making the starting lineup this evening with competition regulations stating that at least six first teamers must begin the match.

If he is called upon he will get the opportunity to face opponents who are riding high in eighth position in League One and who dumped them out of the competition over two legs last season.

Taylor cannot wait to set the record straight and extend his team's record: "It is something we are proud of," he said. "People keep asking when we are going to concede but we know it's all about us. We go into games knowing that if we keep the right shape and stay organised there is no reason why anyone should score against us."

And far from dismissing the competition as an obligation rather than a pleasure, Taylor believes a victory over higher ranked opposition would send a message through football's lower leagues.

"Our number one priority is promotion but it is still a big game for us," he continued. "We are playing against a team in a higher division and we want to prove that we should really be in that league. It's a good opportunity for us.

"If we play well we'll cause them problems. We are playing well at the moment so there's no reason why we shouldn't give them a good game. We did last season."

Walsall could not be more optimistic after beating League Two rivals Wycombe. The only thing more impressive than the fact they shut their opponents' out yet again, was that they did it against a team that was second in the table going into the match.

"People were talking about how it was going to be a real test for us. But once again he showed what a good side we are," Taylor said.

Manager Richard Money will give late fitness tests to centre halves Ian Roper and Chris Westwood and could bring Alex Nicholls and Darren Wrack into the squad as both men return from long term injuries.

Garry Monk, Bayo Akinfenwa and transfer-listed Leon Knight are out for Swansea although Kris O'Leary, Owain Tudur Jones, Chris Jones, Shaun MacDonald, Dennis Lawrence and former Saddler, Andy Oakes, should all feature.