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Keates: 'biggest game for a couple of years'

27 April 2018

Dean Keates has labelled tomorrow’s crunch match against fellow strugglers Northampton as our “biggest game for a couple of years”.

The 20th-placed Saddlers sit outside the relegation zone only on goal difference – just two points and two places ahead of third-bottom Northampton.

“It’s massive – the biggest game of the season and probably the biggest game for a couple of years for the football club,” Keates admitted.

“The league table looks a bit better for us [after Rochdale’s draw and Oldham’s defeat on Tuesday] and we are in control of our own destiny.

“It’s still in our hands – we can control what happens. It’s down to ourselves and we are accountable for what happens in the next three games.

“We’ve got to go out there, give everything we can and do our best. All being well, we can get the points we want and make the table look better.”

Keates wants his team to be on the front foot against the Cobblers, who have won their last two matches under caretaker boss Dean Austin.

“Their last two results have given them a massive chance of getting out of the relegation places,” he added.

“They’ve got a two-game season, we’ve got a three-game season, and both teams need three points.

“I’m expecting them to come and have a right go because they’ve got to – they have to beat us.

“On our side, we want three points. We’re at home and we’ll look to be on the front foot.”

A bumper crowd of over 8,000 is expected tomorrow and Keates has urged the Saddlers fans to get behind the team.

“There’s going to be a massive turnout from both clubs and you’ve got to play the game, not the occasion,” he commented.

“The club has put on a great offer and hopefully as many people from the town can get behind the lads.

“Together, we can get three points.”


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