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7 March 2017

Club News


7 March 2017

Forward has now netted double figures this season...

Striker Amadou Bakayoko says the players are keen to reward the supporters with wins at the Banks’s Stadium. 

The Saddlers are on a roll at home, with five straight victories which they hope to turn into six against Chesterfield tonight. 

Bakayoko came on as a substitute to seal the 2-0 win over Oldham on Saturday with a stunning stoppage-time strike - his first goal since the 4-1 triumph over Sheffield United in January. 

That brings the 21-year-old’s tally to ten goals for the season, with seven of those coming at the Banks’s. 

Bakayoko said: “I think it’s just playing at home. We have a real heart for the place and we want to give the crowd something to cheer. Winning at home is the best feeling. 

“I think we know that our best form is at home so we need to try and keep that up. Whatever happens we just need to do our best in every game." 

The forward admits he didn’t set a goals target this term, having played only five first-team minutes for the Saddlers during the 2015/16 season. 

“I was just hoping to play as many games as possible," he commented. "I’ve had the games and the performances are coming on slowly. I’m just trying to improve as much as I can.” 

Simeon Jackson has started our last four games, with Bakayoko often coming on off the bench. 

Andreas Makris also came on against Oldham, and Bakayoko relishes the competition for places. 

“We help each other out," said the forward. "With Andreas as well, he works unbelievably hard and I think he’s going to have a real future here. 

“We always get on, there is competition but we’re here to win for the team.” 

Many saw the thumping win against the Blades as the spark that ignited the Saddlers’ season, but Bakayoko says the players always had confidence in their own ability. 

“There was always a lot of belief throughout the team,” he said. “It comes through the youth team, the staff and everyone else at the training ground. 

“We want to improve as a team and everyone is really dedicated to move forward.”

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