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27 July 2016

Saddlers boss mulls over team selection ahead of final friendly...

SADDLERS Boss Jon Whitney admitted that certain players have given him a selection headache as the squad continue their preparations for the new League One campaign.

Despite watching his side suffer a 3-2 defeat to Notts County on Tuesday night, Whitney was keen to stress that there is still some fine tuning to be done with the season opener with AFC Wimbledon just ten days away.

Goals from Haydn Hollis, Jonathan Forte and Jon Stead saw the Magpies race into a 3-0 lead but a spirited second half display left Whitney with plenty to ponder over.

“It was a more realistic game for us because we’re going to get that this season,” he explained. “There will be teams who are going to sit in deep, make it difficult for us to break down and overload in midfield.

“I think we were getting too crowded in there and playing into their hands. Sometimes we were overplaying and we needed to have more of a purpose.

“The tempo was there and we were trying to cause a bit of chaos in the final third but I think we were doing it a bit too deep tonight.

“But I was delighted with the second half.

"Amadou Bakayoko again poses me problems but it’s a great problem to have. It’s fantastic for him and his work ethic. He’s been great this pre-season.

“Franck [Moussa] looked sharper today, his recovery was a lot better as well so another 45 minutes for him.

“Simeon [Jackson] was a threat playing on the shoulder and Ozzie [Isaiah Osbourne] came on and added some physical presence.

"Joe Edwards and Rico were excellent so a lot of pluses but a few areas to tweak ready for next week.

“We know mistakes will happen but it’s better for it to have happened against Notts County than Wimbledon.

“So I’m disappointed with the result but I’ve told the players not to be too down.

"It’s still pre season, there’s still lots of things to look at and a few lessons to be learned before next week.”


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