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MORRIS PLEASED TO MAKE AN IMPACT

20 April 2016

Youngster rescued Walsall a point against Swindon...

Winger Kieron Morris was pleased to make a positive impact from the bench after scoring Walsall’s equalising goal in the 1-1 draw with Swindon.

The 21-year-old netted just three minutes after coming on, when he finished left-footed finish past Robins keeper Jake Kean from 18 yards.

“I just want to make an impact when I play – that’s what all substitutes want to do,” said Morris.

“I’ve been really close with a lot of shots and I think I’ve hit the bar four times this season. But it was really nice to see this one go in.

“I don’t think I’ve ever scored that quickly after coming on before.”

Morris admits he has been frustrated with his lack of game time in recent weeks – but says head coach Jon Whitney has given him plenty of encouragement.

“I’ve been feeling really frustrated recently,” he said.

“With new managers coming in, it’s been hard for me to get into the starting line-up.

“But I think Jon sees me as a really good player and he says he wants me to keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll get in. I’ve just got to do that and keep working hard.”

Morris’ goal against Swindon was his second of the campaign and rescued the Saddlers a precious point in the promotion race.

“It was really important for us to get that point,” he added. “We wanted the three but we’ll take the one.

“They’re a good footballing team. They moved the ball really well and there was a time in the first half when they had the ball for a 10-15 minute spell and we just couldn’t get the ball off them.

“In the second half we came out stronger and we showed what we’re capable of and we got back on top. I think everyone at the end was trying to get in the box.

“It was frustrating that we couldn’t get a winning goal but we’ll take the point and move onto the next game.”

Walsall have just four league games remaining to clinch automatic promotion – starting with a trip to fifth-placed Bradford on Saturday.

“We want the three points in every game but in football that’s not always going to be the case,” said Morris.

“Bradford are a good team. They started off around mid-table but they’ve really pushed on recently. It’s going to be a tricky game but we’ve got to keep going, keep pushing.

“We’ve got to put the graft in and with the players we’ve got and the team we are, we should be alright.”

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