Having endured the brickbats for his team’s early exit from the FA Cup, Walsall manager Richard Money is looking forward to reaping the reward of an enforced day off tomorrow.
As painful as the first round exit to Macclesfield Town was, Money will use the free second-round weekend to prepare his troops for next Tuesday’s trip to Bury.
With Danny Fox, Chris Westwood and Michael Dobson playing through pain in recent weeks the extra few days could be perfectly timed as the Bescot outfit look to build on their seven point cushion at the top.
"I am 100 per cent pleased to have a break," Money said.
"We have been anxious to give the players a two-day break at some stage to recharge their batteries. Not playing next Saturday gives us that opportunity.
"I'm not happy about being out of the cup but, in terms of our promotion challenge, it won't do us any harm at all."
Meanwhile striker Alex Nicholls took another step towards a first-team return with two goals for the reserves in Tuesday's match against Bradford City.
Reserve team boss Mark Kinsella says the 19-year-old is recovering well after breaking his leg last season.
"He is gradually getting fitter and stronger and with a few more decent displays like that one, he won't be far off the first team," said Kinsella.