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Keates: keep playing on the front foot

9 August 2018

Dean Keates is hoping his side will continue to play on the front foot when the Saddlers travel to Scunthorpe United.

The Saddlers came from behind to beat Plymouth Argyle on the opening day, with goals from Andy Cook and Luke Leahy giving Keates’ side all three points.

And the 40-year-old is keen to maintain the same intensity at Glanford Park this weekend in our first away game of the new campaign.

He said: “There were a lot of positives to take from the Plymouth game.

“We have sat down, the lads have seen the clips. We will walk away with the positives but it’s the negatives that we have to work on, even the positives as well because that’s a habit but a good habit to have.

“We are going to go there and give the best account of ourselves possible to try and get three points.

“We will try and play on the front foot, like we did at the weekend, and all being well we will get three points.

“It will be a tough game, as the Plymouth one was. They will be there or there abouts again this season, as they were last season.

“We are going to go there, it’s their first home game as well. They had a great result at Coventry and it will be a tough game for us.”

Earlier in the week, the club confirmed that striker Amadou Bakayoko had completed a move to Coventry City - and Keates has wished him well on his new adventure.

He continued: “There comes a point in your career where sometimes you do need to move on.

“I am grateful for what Ama has done for me and we have had a good couple of conversations and I have wished him all the best.

“We have options there and there were always options on the back of what Ama decided.

“We added Morgan and Ama could have turned the deal down and he could have come back into the group. But he didn’t, so it gives us a little bit more freedom to go and get one or two more.”


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