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Football: Saddlers 'already in credit'.

Byline: By Paul Berry

AMBITIOUS boss Richard Money today admitted Walsall are already in credit on the points target he has set for promotion, but vowed not to let the Saddlers get carried away ahead of tomorrow's trip to Barnet.

Money has made no secret that he intends his first season at Bescot to end in promotion to League One, and, given Walsall's excellent start that's a message that's clearly getting through to his players.

A points tally of 13 from five, in excess of Money's two-a-game target, is just the sort of return which would see Walsall blaze a pretty spectacular trail should it be continued.

"I think it's fair comment to say the teams in the top six are the ones people might have expected to be there," said Money.

"I think those teams will be there or thereabouts all season with one or two others scrambling to get in as well.

"We're in there in second place and have got to push on to get as much ground between us and the pack as we can."

Money has some more difficult, if pleasing, selection dilemmas for the trip to in-form Barnet, not least whether to recall skipper Michael Dobson, absent with a head injury since the second game of the season.

Summer signing Tony Bedeau is also in the squad for the first time following an ankle injury but defender Allan Picken is still a week-and-a-half away from a reserve team comeback.

Money travels to Underhill having missed out on what would have been a "big coup" of a mystery striker signing which fell through yesterday.

He was involved in one piece of business as the Saddlers allowed teenage midfielder Graham Deakin to join Tamworth on loan.

WALSALL (from): Ince, Westwood, Roper, Gerrard, Taylor, Wright, Keates, Kinsella, Dobson, Pead, Fox, Demontagnac, Fangueira, Sam, Bedeau, Butler, Gilmartin, Dann, Constable. Injured: Picken, Nicholls, Wrack.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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