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Dean Keates reacts to Bradford postponement

2 April 2018

Dean Keates is taking the positives from today's postponement, which means The Saddlers' fixture at Bradford City will need to be rearranged.

A waterlogged pitch at Valley Parade and the forecast for further rain and snow gave the match referee little option but to postpone Easter Monday's game - a rearranged date will be announced in due course.

And while Keates admits the side would have liked to have played this afternoon ideally following the 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday, it does give the staff and the players a few benefits with our next game at home to Bury on Saturday in mind.

"it is what it is and I don’t think it’s any major surprise," said Keates on hearing of the postponement.

"We’d have liked to have played obviously after the weekend and get some points on the board but it’s been determined by the weather. 

"But to take the positives out of it, any little niggles in the squad are given the chance to wind down ahead of the game against Bury on Saturday.

"It might also work in our favour in that way because Bradford had an extra two days of recovery time on us, having played on Thursday. 

"The lads will be back in training tomorrow (Tuesday) now. With the game being called off it gives myself and Ian Sharps the chance to watch opponents coming up. So the lads will have the day off now and training tomorrow instead of today."

Keates and the First Team met on Sunday and the manager is keen for his side to put that Portsmouth defeat behind them and learn from Gareth Evans' late winner.

"The lads were sharp and were together on Sunday," Keates added.

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves - they’re disappointed that we lost to Portsmouth and when we looked at how the goal came about, it’s something we could have dealt with better.

"When you’re down there, those fine margins in football tend to go against you. They don’t go against you completely, and while we’re disappointed with the result it’s gone now - we’ve looked at it and learned from it.

"It helps us out to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again."


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