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Keates: approach Boro U21s like any other game

9 October 2018

Dean Keates says his side will approach tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy clash against Middlesbrough Under-21s like any other game.

It will be the Saddlers’ second Checkatrade Trophy outing of the season, having beaten Burton Albion 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium in the Northern Group E opener.

A win would theoretically see Keates’ men through to the second round of the competition.

And the manager insists he and his players are taking the competition seriously, as the Saddlers look to build on another strong away showing against Bristol Rovers.

“We will approach it as we do any other match,” said Keates. “We want to go out there and we want to win the football match.

“It was nice to get the result on Saturday.

“We have come in and recovered and we have tried our best to find out as much as we can about Middlesbrough.

“We will go out there and do our best for the football club.”

While the Saddlers are expected to make changes, Keates says he will respect the rules and regulations of the competition and still go with a strong side. 

“There are only so many changes we can make because of the stipulations of the competition but we will respect it, as we did when we went to Burton," he added.

“It is an opportunity for the players to go out there and stake their claim and get some minutes under their belt and show what they are about.”


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