Walsall's Sawyers targets second Championship scalp

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Walsall star Romaine Sawyers is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion in the Capital One Cup

Walsall star Romaine Sawyers has told HITC Sport that he is confident the club can cause another shock in the Capital One Cup by dumping out Brighton & Hove Albion.

Walsall are targeting their second Championship scalp when they take on Brighton on Tuesday after knocking out Nottingham Forest in a seven-goal thriller in the first round.

The clash pits two of the most in-form sides in the country up against each other with one of their unbeaten records set to go at the Banks's Stadium.

Sawyers admits he is looking forward to the challenge of playing against a side in a higher league as it is an opportunity for all the Walsall players to show they can play at a higher level.

"As a team and as a player you want to play at the highest level possible and this game against Brighton gives us an opportunity to show we can play at a higher level," Sawyers told HITC Sport.

"It was great to beat Nottingham Forest and it has given everyone in the squad a lot of belief that we can perform against teams higher up than us.

"Brighton will be a real good test for us as they have made a great start to the season and have some real quality players.

"But we have also had a good start to the season and we know if we play to our best we can get a result."

Sawyers is determined to enjoy a good cup run with Walsall and admits he would love the chance to come up against a Premier League side in the next round if they can overcome Brighton.

"We are not looking too far forward as Brighton is a real tough tie for us, but it would be great for the fans, for the players and everyone associated with the club if we could get into the next round and draw a Premier League team," added Sawyers.

"That is why Brighton is such a massive opportunity for us to progress in the competition and maybe then come up against a Premier League side."

Sawyers, who has been drawing admiring glances from clubs further up the football pyramid, admits he has sat down with his manager Dean Smith to talk about how he can become more prolific and he feels it is paying off after two goals five games so far this season.

"Coming off the back of last season when I didn't score the amount of goals I should have me and the gaffer sat down to discuss how I could improve," added Sawyers.

"The gaffer really believes in me which is great for my confidence and I know I should be scoring more goals.

"I am happy with my form so far this season with two goals in five games and I just want to continue to do my best for the team."

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