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Keates expecting tough Oxford test

21 September 2018

Dean Keates is expecting tomorrow’s game against Oxford to be a tough test for his side, who are looking to bounce back following last weekend’s defeat against Doncaster.

United are currently in the relegation places in League One, sitting second bottom – but Keates believes they are still a dangerous side, despite their position.

“I wouldn’t look at the league table regarding them at all,” he said.

“In the games that we have watched, they are a very, very good team.

“It’s going to be difficult game for us. We need a reaction from the weekend because we were disappointed.

“That disappointment is something we have got to channel. And all being well, we will go to Oxford and put in a performance that will get us three points.”

It was the first time last weekend that the young Saddlers side had tasted defeat in the league so far this season.

But, overall, Keates is pleased with how the team are progressing.

“To this point we are pleased but we were disappointed what happened on Saturday.

“It’s been a lot of change. We have integrated the new players into the squad. They have had an effect.

“There are still a lot of players here from last season so there has been a lot of juggling.

“There were one or two added early. We have had to wait and had to be patient but there has always been a list of targets that has been there.

“It’s been different and a challenge, we are happy where we are at the moment but we need a reaction at the weekend.”


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