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WHITNEY TO ROTATE SQUAD FOR LEICESTER TIE

8 November 2016

Gaffer to blood some younger players this evening...

Jon Whitney says he will rotate his squad for Walsall’s final group match of the Checkatrade Trophy against Leicester City Under-21s. 

Both the Saddlers and the young Foxes are already through to the knock-out stages of the competition, although top spot in Northern Group H remains up for grabs. 

Walsall are in pole position ahead of tonight’s clash at the King Power Stadium having collected six points from a possible six, with Leicester Under-21s a point behind on five. 

And Whitney, who has promised to blood some of his younger players, is eager to finish top of the group - which would guarantee a home tie in the next round. 

“It’ll be great to go the King Power Stadium to play at the home of the current Premier League champions,” he said. 

“It’s a fantastic pitch and I’ve got the chance to play some of my younger players with some academy players on the bench as well. 

“But it’s a game we want to win and we’ll be looking to do just that and start another run of positive results. 

“If we finish top we’ll get a home tie in the last 32 so there’s an incentive for both teams. We want to stay unbeaten in this competition and take some momentum into the next round. 

“I can work on a few things from Saturday which need improving and although there’ll be some younger players involved, it will still be a strong team and one I think can win the game.”

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