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Keates: time to stand up and be counted

7 November 2018

Saddlers manager Dean Keates wants his players to stand up and be counted following the defeat to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

It was a second defeat in a row for Keates’ side as goals from Lyle Taylor and Krystian Bielik gave the Addicks all three points and Keates now wants his players to pick their heads up and go again on Saturday.

His side take on Coventry City in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday in what will be another tough game for the young Saddlers side.

“It was disappointing,” said Keates. “We started OK but then we gave away the penalty early on and it takes a lot of wind out of your sails, you saw a lot of the confidence drained out of the lads.

“It wasn’t a malice tackle, George has just slipped and those are the sorts of things that aren’t going for us at the moment.

“We got away with it at the weekend when we gave away the penalty but this time it caught us out.

“The lads are low but we have just got to stick together.

“We have now got to keep our heads up, stick our chests out and get ourselves ready to go at the weekend.

“We can strip the second goal back and I can say he is offside, which he is because I have seen it, from the first phase of it, he is offside.

“From the resulting corner, somebody has lost their man, then there is a ricochet and the person who has lost his man, their man then puts it in.

“This team is young, they’re inexperienced and we have all got to start standing up to be counted now.”  

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