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TEAM TALK v ROCHDALE (JPT), 7/10/14

7 October 2014

Saddlers on the Wembley trail...

WE DON'T need reminding that our game at Rochdale last month was a particularly bad day at the office for us, whilst our hosts played very well on that particular occasion.

We return this evening on Johnstone's Paint Trophy duty where we will be hoping to extend our unbeaten run since that game and also take a step closer to Wembley.

I keep being reminded of the fact that as a club we've never graced Wembley, so this competition gives us a route to get there and as such we go into the tie determined to make progress.

It's a game that we are looking forward to. We go into it on the back of an excellent performance against Bristol City on Saturday. We were on the front-foot for the majority of the game and it was a tremendous match.

We were a tad disappointed that we didn't get all three points in the end, but it was pleasing to see us come back from a goal down and Romaine's equaliser is already a contender for Goal of the Season.

We had to be at our best because they are a good team who have been in great form this season; I felt that defensively we coped with their threats and played some decent stuff.

Now it's about maintaining these standards and getting on a run of form.

DEAN SMITH

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