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Leahy hoping to excite Saddlers fans

6 August 2018

Match-winner Luke Leahy is hoping the Saddlers fans will keep coming back to support the team this season as they look to build on an impressive opening-day victory over Plymouth Argyle.

A debut goal from Andy Cook and a stunning free-kick from Leahy were enough to earn Dean Keates’ side all three points as they came from behind to beat the Green Army.

And those moments of magic are something that Leahy is hoping will bring the fans back to the Banks’s Stadium week in, week out.

He said: “It was incredible. The noise it generated was probably the same as Northampton last season, my voice has gone as well from all the screaming.

“What a feeling that was.

“We deserved it to be fair. After we scored we sort of sat in and made it a bit difficult for ourselves but thankfully the ball has gone in the back of the net and it has got us the three points today.

“I said in my matchday programme interview that if we can get Walsall fans off their seats, and going home with a smile, they will be hear the week after. I think we did that and I am sure a few of them will travel down to Scunthorpe and cheer us on.”

Talking about his match-winning free-kick, Leahy revealed that Zeli Ismail wanted to take the set-piece but the full-back was having none of it.

He continued: “Zeli came to try and get the ball off me but I told him to go away, nicely! As soon as Kieron [Morris] was fouled, I went over and I just thought, this is me.

“I just hit it and I started running as soon as I had hit it, so I am just pleased.”

The Saddlers went a goal down five minutes before the break and Leahy was pleased that the squad’s hard work in pre-season has paid off as they came from behind to get the win.

“We worked so hard in pre-season. We won our last two games of pre-season, which was massive for us because we hadn’t won previously, so to take it into the game was brilliant and everyone deserves it.

“It was a very difficult afternoon for us. Going 1-0 down, it showed our character to get it back to 1-1 and then finally win the game.

"After I scored we didn’t really push up and we dropped too deep and we brought it on ourselves. We got a bit of luck with the ball on the line but we worked hard and we got our own luck today.”


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