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Whitney looks ahead to Doncaster trip

20 October 2017

Jon Whitney says his side must show more defensive discipline, and ruthlessness in front of goal, in order to start converting draws into wins.

Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons was our fourth in succession and seventh in 14 league games this season – the joint-most of any side in the EFL.

The Saddlers have also conceded more penalties than anyone else – eight in total.

To improve on those statistics, the boss feels his team need to become more clinical in both boxes – and is hoping victory at Doncaster this weekend can kick-start a run of wins.

“They are in a similar position to us,” said Whitney. “They play a three, similar to how MK Dons played the other night.

“They have got Andy Butler at the centre of that who we know really well. They have had a couple of good performances recently but overall have been a little bit indifferent.

“If you put a run of wins together you can find yourself on the brink of that top 10 and that is what we are aiming to do.

“We’ve been working really hard on our discipline, particularly with penalties against. We have given away eight and take away them and we’d be in the top half of the table.

“I think we have been better with our discipline over the last two games. It was nice for us to win a penalty.

“Also for me, I think we need to make sure we take our opportunities. All we can do is work hard, get out onto the training pitch and remain positive.

“We need to take some of those opportunities we are getting late on, like Tyler’s against Shrewsbury.

“Suddenly you get that and you are in a much better position. You have to remain positive.

“We all want to win more games, of course we do.

“But we are drawing rather than losing and that is a very fine line. If we stay positive we can turn that into wins. We are confident we can do that.”

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