Paul Merson has promised to make changes to his stuttering team as he seeks the right combination-to break Walsall's recent habit of throwing away match winning positions.

The Bescot outfit have wasted half-time leads in each of their last two League One games, a trend that has cost them six points, so Merson is considering switching to a 3-5-2 formation.

Merson received severe criticism after his side squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Chesterfield last Saturday.

That followed another profligate performance the week before as Saddlers allowed previously winless Yeovil to overturn a deficit to win 2-1.

With fifth- placed Scunthorpe to visit at the weekend, Merson cannot afford another slip.

That should mean an immediate return to the first team for Steve Staunton who has recovered from a calf injury that has kept him out of the last four games, and might see Julian Bennett return to the heart of the Walsall defence following completion of his three match suspension.

Whoever plays, Merson knows that his players have to cut out the mistakes.

"We play good football and we have good enough players to play football, like they did in the first half and like they did for 75 minutes at Yeovil," the player-manager said.

"The players are more than good enough, and that's the frustrating thing. All you can do is keep on picking the team and keep on telling people to concentrate.

"We have a habit of letting in a goal and thinking we've got to go down the other end and get one back straight away." But as much as he would like to see his side tighten up at the back he is not willing to compromise his insistence that Walsall try and play attractive football.

"If someone else comes in and decides to lump the ball forwards then that's up to them.

"But while I'm here I'll live or die playing my way."