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Keates refusing to get carried away

17 August 2018

Dean Keates isn’t getting carried away despite the Saddlers’ bright start to the season.

Walsall remain undefeated in 2018/19, having beaten Plymouth, drawn at Scunthorpe and eased past Tranmere in the Carabao Cup.

But Keates is still demanding more from his team.

“We’ve got off to an OK start. It’s positive, but it’s early days,” Keates said.

“The hunger and desire is there in the changing room.

“We’re striving to do our best every single game and keep raising our standards. We keep striving to get better.

“The aim at the start of the season was to make sure we progress and go forward. As we do each week, we will try to make sure the fans go home happy.”

Above all else, Keates wants the Saddlers fans to enjoy watching their team again.

“If the fans go home with a smile on their face, and we’re picking up results, then everyone’s happy.

“The big thing for me this season is to offer the town a football club they can be proud of.

“So far we’ve done that, but it’s still early days.

“We’ll keep building relationships between the fans and the team, and all being well – together – we can form something positive.”

Steve Lovell’s Gills have also started strongly – and Keates is anticipating a tricky fixture tomorrow.

“We’ve watched their last few games and it’ll be a massive, massive test for us.

“They’ve made a perfect start [in the league] and were unlucky the other night down at Millwall [losing on penalties in the Carabao Cup].

“They commit bodies forward and you can see how they’ve won games.

“It’ll be a test for us, but we’ve done OK ourselves, we’re at home and we’ll be looking to get three points.”


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