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Keates: let's build up some momentum

19 December 2018

Saddlers manager Dean Keates is keen for his players to put last weekend’s defeat to Bradford City behind them and get back to building momentum.

Keates admitted that with the fantastic start the club had to the season, optimism at the club was very high and expectation grew.

However, the manager also realises that there has been a lack of consistency with results at the moment and he is now working hard with the squad to find that level of consistency that was there at the start of the season.

“We have got to find that level of consistency,” said Keates. “If we can win two out of every three games – that is a decent level consistency.

“The momentum and the expectation from the fans because of how well we started – it grew.

“That is part and parcel of football. The players have to deal with that.

“As I’ve said from day one, we’ve always been in a race with ourselves to get to 52 points.

“If we can get there, then we can reassess. I know I sound like a broken record, but we are a young squad. There is going to be inconsistency.

“We are going into some very difficult games. Peterborough, Luton, Charlton – they are all up their flying.

“We are going into the Christmas period and it’s always busy and hectic but we are going into proper football matches.

“They are all going to be a test but hopefully we are going to stand up and be counted and get some points on the board.”

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