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SMITH PLEASED WITH PROGRESS

15 July 2015

Boss on training game...

THE SADDLERS took on Wolves in a behind-closed-doors training game as manager, Dean Smith, took the opportunity to run the rule over a number of trialists and formations.

Playing three periods of 30 minutes, Wolves took a two-goal lead in the opening period before Walsall hit back straight from the kick-off in the second period as Jordan Cook scored from the half-way line.

The equaliser arrived ten minutes later when Reece Flanagan did well to win the ball in midfield before cutting inside and firing home.

Our visitors were able to regain the lead and the scoreline remained at 3-2 in what proved to be a useful work-out for both clubs.

"We were able to try out three different formations, have a look at a few trialists and also try out players in various different positions," said manager, Dean Smith. "It was a terrific work-out for us and I am thankful to Wolves for providing the opposition.

"It was a competitive game with some good football from both teams. I'm pleased with where we're at fitness-wise and the two training games we've had over the past couple of weeks have certainly benefitted us.

"We're not far off where I want us to be; the Wolves game gave us plenty of positives and also saw us score two excellent goals."

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