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Wilson: Saddlers 'dreaming' after impressive start

11 October 2018

Kane Wilson says the Saddlers’ impressive start to the season has got the players “dreaming”.

Dean Keates’ men sit fifth in League One with 22 points from 12 matches and have won nine of 16 games in all competitions.

And the West Brom loanee admits the team’s early-season form has exceeded expectations.

“The start has been quality,” said the 18-year-old.

“When I first came here the lads were like ‘let’s try and get mid-table’ and see where it goes but we have come out the traps flying.

“We have won most of our games, only losing two, and it has been really, really positive from the lads.

"Everyone is dreaming a bit now.”

The Saddlers’ most recent victory came in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night – 3-1 against Middlesbrough Under-21s.

“It was a good game and we needed to get the win,” the former Exeter man commented.

“We saw it through in the end. Jack [Fitzwater] was happy with his goal and Cookie [Andy Cook] was buzzing with his as well.

“But the most important thing was the result. For a spell in the game, Middlesbrough looked like they might be about to do something but we saw it out.”

The Boro game was Wilson’s tenth outing and fourth start since joining the Saddlers on a season-long loan.

And the young defender is hoping for greater involvement.

“The lads are quality here and now I am looking to start working my way into the starting line-up and become a regular in the league,” Wilson continued.

“My time at Exeter [last season] has definitely helped me here, with not getting straight in the team and knowing what I have to do to get in the team.

“I know that the defensive side of the game is just as important as getting forward and I think that will help me push my career forward.

“I just need to keep progressing and hopefully I can now take off.”

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