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Whitney hails 'excellent' Saddlers

14 February 2018

Jon Whitney hailed an “excellent” performance from his side after the Saddlers’ convincing 4-2 victory over Doncaster.

Joe Edwards’ quick-fire brace and Kieron Morris’ low strike put Walsall three-up at half-time.

Substitute Amadou Bakayoko added a fourth, and although Tommy Rowe and Niall Mason replied for Rovers late on, the hosts thoroughly deserved all three points.

“I thought we were excellent,” Whitney commented.

“It was great for Joe to get his brace. Kieron scored a great individual goal and it was nice to see Ama come on and get his goal.

“They were four really well-worked goals and I thought we executed the game plan down to a tee.

“It was nice for Justin [Shaibu] to get 60 minutes under his belt and he is starting to show what we brought him in for, with his energy and pace. He’s a threat and it means we can stretch teams.

“Our decision making was really good. We were disappointed with the two goals we conceded but the win was the biggest thing.

“It was important they didn’t open up a five-point gap on us and we now move above them. It was a big performance.”

The Saddlers have now recorded seven points from the last three games, having beaten MK Dons and drawn with Blackpool in the previous two matches.

“We knew this would be a big part of the season, coming up against teams in and around us,” Whitney added.

“It’s nice to go into Gillingham, who are in good form themselves, on the back of seven points.

“Confidence is high and both teams are playing well.”


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