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Keates eyeing third win in eight days

14 December 2018

Dean Keates is hoping to cap a positive week with a third successive win when the Saddlers visit Bradford tomorrow.

Walsall came from behind to beat Coventry last weekend, with Luke Leahy scoring a stoppage-time brace, before seeing off Sunderland in an FA Cup second-round replay thanks to a Liam Kinsella screamer.

And the boss says belief in the camp has grown after the last two results.

“That's how football is - you can have a good week one week and a bad one the next, but luckily this week has gone in our favour,” said the 40-year-old.

“The Coventry result gave the lads a little more belief. They showed their character because performance-wise it wasn’t what we wanted.

“Give the lads full credit, they kept going and at Sunderland we got a much better performance.

“Robbo [Liam Roberts] was protected all night but he was part of a collective effort. We were outstanding and it was an unbelievable goal from Kins [Liam Kinsella].

“But it’s gone now and it’s something we can build on. We’ve had a good week and we’ll look to continue that at Bradford.”

The Bantams may be bottom of League One but Keates certainly won’t be taking them lightly.

“They’ve got a great squad, it’s a massive club and they’re in a position they probably didn’t expect to be in at the start of the season.

“It will be a tough game for us – every game in this league is and I expect nothing different tomorrow.”

Keates has fond memories of the Saddlers’ last trip to Valley Parade in May, when a 1-1 draw secured our League One safety.

“The objective at the end of last season was to stay up. We achieved it there but it’s about this season now.

“We’re looking to progress and take the football club forward and all being well we can get the three points and continue our good form.

“From day one the objective has been to get to 52 points as quick as we can and then reassess from there.”


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