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Fitzwater fit for Scunthorpe

19 April 2018

Centre-back Jack Fitzwater will be fit for the Saddlers’ trip to Scunthorpe this weekend, boss Dean Keates has confirmed.

The 20-year-old was withdrawn in the second half against AFC Wimbledon as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.

But the West Brom loanee, who has scored in our last two matches, will be available having trained all week.

The news comes as a big boost for the Saddlers, who are embroiled in a scrap for survival.

Our relegation worries deepened following a 3-2 defeat by fellow strugglers Wimbledon last time out – despite leading 2-0 at half-time.

The boss insists his side can’t afford to dwell on that result – and says all focus is now on our remaining four fixtures.

“It was a massive jolt what happened in the second half [against Wimbledon],” said Keates.

“Individual errors cost us but it’s been put to bed. We can’t dwell on it. It’s happened – you’ve got to learn from it and move on.

“We’ve got a four-game mini season coming up.

“They’re massive games and we’ve got to pick up points – starting on Saturday at Scunthorpe.

“It’s in our hands – that is something that has been highlighted and driven home to the lads.

“We’re level on games with most of the teams around us and all we can do is go about our own business.

“All being well, we can get the points we feel we need and get the right tally of points to make sure we are in League One next season.”

Managerless Scunthorpe ended a run of ten matches without a win by beating play-off rivals Charlton 1-0 last weekend.

Victory lifted the Iron, who have Nick Daws in caretaker charge, back into the top six.

And Keates is expecting a well-contested game between two teams in need of points.

“They had a massive result at the weekend,” he commented.

“It has put them back in the play-off positions so both teams are fighting for something.

“It’ll be a tough game for us.”

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