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Ginnelly: we're thriving on our underdog status

23 November 2018

Saddlers winger Josh Ginnelly feels as though the current group of players are thriving off the underdog tag that they have been given this season.

So far this season, Dean Keates’ side have been given the underdog status for nearly every game that they have gone in to, with many tipping us for a battle at the wrong end of the table.

However, manager Keates has seen his side enjoy a fantastic start to the season with the club just two points outside of the play-off spots.

With home games against Sunderland in the league and cup, and Coventry City in the league, Ginnelly insists there is no pressure on the players heading into the game.

“We know we are going into the games as underdogs,” said Ginnelly. “But we like that. There is no pressure on us.

“We are going to go to into these games and give them our all.

“And we know if we play as a team, if we do the basics right we have a chance.

“People are going to write us off the rest of the season but it’s in these four walls that matters.

“We back each other.

“We know what we have got and what fire power we have got so we are going into every game looking forward to it.”

And part of the squad’s fearless attitude this season is down to the belief that the manager has given them.

“He is intense in terms of the demands he sets,” he continued.  

“He wants the highest standards from Monday to Friday and then when it comes to Saturday he wants us to go out and enjoy ourselves.

“A lot of managers actually put a lot of pressure on their players. But not our gaffer, our gaffer wants us to enjoy the games.

“He tells us we have worked hard all week, he gives us instructions in terms of what to do and he wants us to go out and express ourselves.

“It’s perfect for all the players.”

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