Walsall player-manager Paul Merson wants his side to enjoy the occasion when they host Hull City on Saturday --even though the visitors will be celebrating.

Hull, who have just completed successive promotions, are brimming with confidence and a 3,000-strong travelling contingent is set to party at the Bescot Stadium.

The Saddlers do not have a lot to shout about after a dismal season and languish in 15th place in League One.

But Merson believes his team, who have won their last two matches, could surprise the title-chasers if they relax and enjoy themselves. Merson said: "Hull are 30 points better than us at this stage in the season, so the pressure will be off us because nobody expects us to beat them - except us.

"I expect us to win every game, and if I didn't there wouldn't be any point in going to work.

"I would love to be playing and they should be loving it too.

"We are playing one of the top teams in the league at home and there could be 8,000 or 9,000 people there. It's a nice game for the lads to go into, with a bit of confidence."

Merson has left himself out of the last two matches and is set to resist the temptation to change his squad.