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Whitney reflects on Rovers win and looks ahead to Gills trip

16 February 2018

Club News

Whitney reflects on Rovers win and looks ahead to Gills trip

16 February 2018

Jon Whitney says the Saddlers will use elements of the performance against Doncaster as benchmarks for future matches.

Joe Edwards scored twice as Walsall produced a ruthless attacking display to comprehensively beat Rovers 4-2, with Kieron Morris and Amadou Bakayoko also on target.

Whitney was thrilled with his team’s display and is hoping we can produce more of the same.

“The first half especially was really good,” said the boss.

“We’ll use some of the clips from the game as benchmarks, not just for the first team but the academy as well.

“Some of the pressing and energy in and out of possession was really good.

“Some of our individual play, looking after the ball and basics from dead-balls – we were much better.

“The lads took on board what we picked up from Blackpool and applied that in the game.

“It was great to get four goals and, as a collective, I thought it was a really astute performance first half.

“It was a really important win for us that puts us in that pack in mid-table.”

The Saddlers have recorded seven points from the last three matches, having also beaten MK Dons and drawn with Blackpool.

That run has lifted Walsall from 18th to 15th in League One – but Whitney says his players can’t afford to rest on their laurels.

“We can’t allow any complacency,” he said. “We’re 15th, six points off the bottom four.

“We’ve got games in hand – but you’ve got to win them – and all we can do is concentrate on Gillingham.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Gillingham have been in excellent form of late, winning seven of their last 11 matches.

The Gills were 23rd when Steve Lovell took over in October but now sit 12th, closer to the play-offs than the relegation zone.

“He’s turned it around really well and they’ve been on an incredible run,” Whitney commented.

“They’re four points ahead of us so we will be looking to peg them back.

“They change formations and are happy playing different ways.

“They’re in a confident, buoyant mood at the moment, but so are we.”

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