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Roberts: communication key to staying focused in games

6 October 2018

Saddlers goalkeeper Liam Roberts believes communication is key when it comes to staying focused in games.

The 23-year-old has been an ever-present in the league, keeping two clean sheets, both at home, and Roberts believes he and the back four have become much more commanding this season.

He is aiming to build on several solid performances between the sticks, with the number one looking to earn his first away clean sheet of the season when the Saddlers travel to Bristol Rovers later today.

“To stay focused in a game I will always try and talk all the way through,” he said.

“If you are talking to the people in front of you and commanding them then you are always involved in the game.

“If I am standing there and watching the game go by, then I am mentally switched off.

“If I am talking to everyone then I am staying switched on, it’s the best way to do it I believe.

“I think the back four are a lot more vocal this season. They are a lot more commanding.

“I don’t know whether that is because of the working partnership that we have in the team, the togetherness.

“We now demand higher standards from each other.

“If something isn’t good enough, then it is there to be said and then it is just left on the football pitch.”

Something that has boosted Roberts’ confidence this season is being handed the number one jersey.

Last season the keeper wore number 23, and he admits being given the physical number one shirt was one of the greatest moments of his career.

“Getting the number one shirt was one of my greatest days,” he continued.

“The amount of hard work I have put in during the years I have been at the club, it was just a great day to see that number one shirt when I came into the training ground.

“It’s massive to have the number one on my shirt. It is something I have wanted since I was a kid - that is what my dream was.

“It is perfect to have it at this club.”

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