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Keates delighted with performance in Burton win

5 September 2018

Saddlers manager Dean Keates was delighted with how his side performed in the 2-1 win over Burton Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The 40-year-old named a very youthful side, captained by Nicky Devlin, but the Saddlers looked comfortable against an experienced Brewers team for the large majority of the game.

Keates made eight seven changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Blackpool and the manager was pleased with everyone who came into the team, especially deadline day duo Connor Johnson and Connor Ronan.

“I can’t be more proud of them," he said. "I have said it in the last few weeks and I’ll say it again, whoever comes out of the changing room will put a shift in for the football club.

“They [the two Connors] were here on Saturday and they came in on Monday but I have seen them play last season and in the Under-23s.

“They both looked steady. Ronan has had a taste of it last season and he doesn’t want to be sat in the Under-23s and not being involved. When you have had first-team football it is hard to go back to the Under-23s.

“He has come in and taken his opportunity well. As soon as he knew we were interested, he wanted to come here.

“Jack [Fitzwater] has been fantastic, Connor [Johnson] has come in and has done himself no harm.

“He had a loan spell with Telford last season and he wanted men’s football and he has come in tonight and done really well.

“There was a chance for the other lads in the game. Jordan Sangha hasn’t played many minutes since pre-season and I thought he was outstanding.

“We have got a squad - we don’t just work with 11 players. We will always work with the whole squad and we work on the patterns, so everyone knows what they are doing.

“It is all about being organised and the lads have taken it on board. I told them after the game they have done themselves no harm at all.”


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