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Keates relieved with Rovers win

6 October 2018

Dean Keates expressed his relief after Kieron Morris’ last-gasp winner earned the Saddlers a 1-0 victory at Bristol Rovers.

The 24-year-old struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a first win in three matches and lift Keates’ men back up to fifth in League One.

“I feel relieved,” said the boss.

“You got a feeling it was going to be another of those days, like the two previous games.

“When you’re playing away from home and the home keeper gets named man of the match, it tells you everything about the game.

“The previous two games at home, both keepers had great games against us.

“He’s pulled a few good saves off and you’re thinking ‘is it going to be another one of those?’”

Keates also hailed match-winner Morris, admitting the midfielder has been unlucky not to feature more in recent weeks.

“Kieron came in when Zeli [Ismail] got injured and did really well,” he added.

“He was unfortunate to find himself out of the team.

“I just told him to go out there and stake a claim.

“It was Zeli’s third game in a week and I thought he got a little tired towards the end.

“Kieron went on, his shot got a little bit of a deflection and we probably needed that.”


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