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CUVELIER: I’M GETTING BACK TO MY BEST

10 February 2017

Midfielder enjoying an extended run in the side...

Belgian midfielder Flo Cuvelier feels he is getting back to his best. 

The 24-year-old struggled with injuries during the first half of the campaign, but has now started our last ten matches – helping us move to within four points of the play-off places. 

And the former Sheffield United man is in good spirits following an extended run in the team. 

“I feel so much stronger and more confident,” said Cuvelier.

“Fitness-wise I can last in games and over the last few weeks I’ve felt that I’m getting back to my best. 

“I still believe I’m not quite there yet, but there are definitely a lot of positives for myself from the last couple of weeks.” 

Cuvelier has played in central midfield alongside captain Adam Chambers and Isaiah Osbourne since the switch to a 3-5-2 formation – and the ex-Stoke youngster is enjoying his current role in the side. 

“I’ve always said that I feel more comfortable playing in the middle of the park,” he commented. 

“I’m really enjoying this shape and where I’m playing at the moment. I feel in possession we’re a lot better and we keep possession a lot better. 

“The skip [Adam Chambers] stays in front of the back three and does a great job of breaking things up and giving the ball to me and Ozzy. 

“We understand each other really well and there’s an easy flow in the midfield. 

“The more you rotate, the harder it becomes for other teams to mark. When we don’t have the ball, we’re also disciplined enough to get back in our shape and defend.” 

The Saddlers are unbeaten in five heading into tomorrow’s League One clash with third-placed Bolton – and Cuvelier says there is a growing confidence in the group. 

“It’s nice to be on a good run,” he commented. “The team spirit is a lot better and we’re going into every game with more confidence now. 

“It’s a nice atmosphere and we truly believe that we can beat anyone. We’ve beaten Sheffield United three times this year and we beat Bolton at home with ten men. 

“The pressure is on them as they’re expecting to be in the Championship next year. We’ll go there and try to make things as difficult as possible.”

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