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8 February 2017

Club News


8 February 2017

Defender unbeaten in five games...

Young centre-back Eoghan O’Connell is thoroughly enjoying his time with the club. 

The 21-year-old is yet to taste defeat since joining on loan from Celtic last month, helping the Saddlers record three wins and two draws. 

And the powerful defender, who has played every minute of our last five matches, is pleased with how things are going. 

“I’m really enjoying it so far,” said O’Connell. “I came in to play games and I’m happy that I’ve been able to do that. 

“I was a little apprehensive going into my first game [against Sheffield United] as I hadn’t played for a while, but we put in a great performance to beat the league leaders. 

“The standard has been good and it has been great to test myself against different styles; Sheffield United were dominant on the ball, while Millwall and Northampton were more direct. 

“We’ve had good results which is the main thing and everyone has put in a good effort, so I’m really happy with how it’s going.” 

The Saddlers have had to come from behind in two of the last three matches – fighting back from 2-0 down to draw with Bury before overturning a one-goal deficit to beat Northampton. 

And O’Connell believes those comebacks show the character and spirit of the squad. 

“On Saturday we were 1-0 down – it was our third game in a week – and it would have been easy for our heads to go down and make excuses,” he added. 

“But we dug it out and got back in the game, which is testament to the character of the group and the performances we’re putting in at the moment. 

“We’ve got two tough away games in a row now but we’ve shown – after playing three games in a week, with two away – that we can play, recover and go again. 

“We’re looking forward to Saturday and we’ll be putting our all into that.”

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