Walsall: Tom Bradshaw and Andy Taylor face Wembley fitness race

Andy Taylor fails to score in the League One play-off final for Sheffield United v Huddersfield at Wembley, May 2012
Andy Taylor missed a Wembley spot-kick in the League One play-off final penalty shootout against Huddersfield

Walsall boss Dean Smith is hopeful that Tom Bradshaw and Andy Taylor will be fit for Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, after resting them for the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Striker Bradshaw, 22, the Saddlers' top scorer with 16 goals, has had hamstring trouble this season and missed nine matches so far.

Experienced left-back Taylor, 29, is suffering from a calf injury.

"They've both had a scan. We're waiting on the results," Smith told BBC WM.

"Tom has a tight hamstring at the end of games. He cramped up for the last 10 minutes against MK Dons on Saturday.

"Leaving him out was precautionary. It was not worth risking him with his recent history of hamstrings. He'll be doing everything he can to be fit.

"Andy felt tightness in his calf at half time on Saturday and got through. I expect him to be fit. To be honest, we would expect both of them to be fit, as you're not going to want a miss a game like that."

Is it time to strike again for Saddlers pair?
Tom Bradshaw has scored once in Walsall's five-match run to Wembley, the second goal clincher in a 2-0 first-leg semi-final win at Preston
Andy Taylor has scored just once in 112 appearances since joining the Saddlers in August 2012 - a stunning 96th-minute free-kick equaliser at Colchester in October 2013

While playing at Wembley would fulfil a boyhood dream for Bradshaw, Taylor is particularly keen to make amends for what happened on his only previous visit.

Playing for Sheffield United against Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final in 2012, he was brought on as a substitute with a minute left.

But he was then responsible for one of the four penalties missed by the Blades in a shoot-out made famous by United keeper Steve Simonsen blazing over the bar at 8-7 with the match-settling final spotkick.

"I was at Wembley three years ago, so I'm personally looking to put that right," Taylor said. "It's all about handling the atmosphere.

"We've beaten some good teams already this year and we're confident we can do it again. You don't get to any final without having earned it

"In the eyes of the bookies, we will be underdogs. But that's not the way we feel. We know we can match any team in this league and anything can happen. We'd back ourselves to beat anyone in this league on our day.

"You get such a buzz playing in front of a big crowd. But we don't want to just turn up for a fun day out.

"We want to win. Preferably without the use of penalties."

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