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13 October 2015

Club News


13 October 2015

Keeper impressed with his side's performance...

Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray believes table-topping Walsall are 'a force to be reckoned with'.

The Saddlers hit the League One summit following a deserved 2-0 victory over previous leaders Burton, courtesy of goals from Liam Kinsella and Tom Bradshaw.

Dean Smith’s side moved above the Brewers on goal difference and have taken an impressive 25 points from 12 league matches.

“We played really well, especially in the first half,” said MacGillivray, who was making his third appearance of the season.

“In the second half we had to grind it out but people watching that game will have seen that we’re a force to be reckoned with this season.

“Every single person on the pitch put an absolute shift in. It was brilliant for me as a keeper because they protected me so well.

“It was a massive relief (to get the clean sheet) for me personally. It sets me up now and hopefully it will give the gaffer a selection headache for next week.

“Overall, it was a brilliant result against a good Burton team and it was nice to go top of the league again.”

MacGillivray has spent the season as second choice to Neil Etheridge, who is currently away on international duty with the Philippines.

And although he would like to be starting games more often, MacGillivray says he is enjoying working with the former Charlton stopper.

“I get on really well with Neil,” said MacGillivray.

“He’s only been here a couple of months but we’ve gelled really quickly and we bounce off each other.

“Both of us want to get in the team, so although the union is there, there is a bit of a competitive rivalry.

“We both work extremely hard in training and Neil Cutler (Walsall’s goalkeeping coach) is fantastic to work with.

“Off the pitch he helps you out, and on the pitch he knows everything.”

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