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Keates: we need to be more ruthless

5 October 2018

Dean Keates has called for his side to be more ruthless in front of goal when the Saddlers visit Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

The Saddlers endured a frustrating night against Shrewsbury on Tuesday, being held to a goalless draw despite creating numerours chances.

Keates was pleased with the clean sheet - our second of the season - and is hoping his side can extend their unbeaten run on the road to eight games in all competitions.

“It was pleasing that we managed to keep a clean sheet against Shrewsbury but we were disappointed that we didn’t manage to take all three points,” he said.

“Looking back on it, we created a lot of opportunities, but we just weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal.

“We were disappointed but we will take the clean sheet.

“The lads have looked back at it in the debrief and we will have to learn from it.

“If you look at the last few games, a player may have run to the near post and the ball has ended up at the back post.

“Maybe there are one or two things that aren’t running our way.

"But when we do get opportunities we need to make sure that, at a minimum, the keeper makes a save and a very good save at that, or it goes past him and hits the back of the net.”

Looking ahead to Bristol Rovers, Keates says his side will look to use the hostile environment at the Memorial Stadium to their advantage.

“They have been a bit indifferent,” Keates continued.

“They would have wanted a better start than they have had but it is going to be a difficult game for us.

“They have tinkered with their shape in the last couple of games coming into this one.

“It is going to be a difficult game.

“It was always difficult to play down there when I did.

“It is a hostile atmosphere but it is something that we can look forward to.

“From when I played, it was always somewhere I used to look forward to going to, the fans get right behind them.

"I think we can use that as part of our game plan.”


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