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Keates: time to get back to what we're about

9 November 2018

Saddlers manager Dean Keates wants his side to get back to what they are about, a hard-working team, when they take on Coventry City in the FA Cup first round on Saturday.

His side have slipped to back to back home defeats for the first time this season in the last week and Keates wants his men to turn things around as they look to progress into the second round of the FA Cup.

Mark Robins brings his Coventry side to the Banks’s Stadium on the back of winning League One Manager of the Month for October and Keates knows the team have to take the rough with the smooth in football.

But despite the slight dip in form, Keates is desperate to get the club into the next round of the cup.

“We need to get back to what we are about and get back to winning ways,” he said.

“The last few weeks have been disappointing but you have to take the rough with the smooth.

“We have spoken about it with the lads, we gave ourselves a pat on the back for earlier in the season but in football it can change quickly and then you’re on the other end of it.

“The lads have got to get back to what we are about and that is hard working.

“We have got to remain united.

“They remain together and like I have said before, it is disappointing but we have got to get back to what we’re about.

“We are not in great form in the league, we are not in great form in general if I am being honest.

“We aren’t winning games of football, whether that be in the league or in the cup.

“ It will be a good distraction for the lads. It’s an opportunity for us the FA Cup.

“It is still a massive draw for the majority of the teams in the competition.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves and get the football club into the next round.”

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