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Keates pleased with Saddlers' creativity

1 September 2018

Dean Keates has pleased with the creativity shown by his side in the opening month of the season, with 16 goals scored already.

The Saddlers have had eight different scorers in the league – more than any other team in England.

And Keates is hoping his side can continue to cause problems in the final third when the Saddlers host Blackpool this afternoon.

“The lads have been brave, they want to go and play football,” he said.

“We have said to them to go and express themselves in that area. We have to give the lads credit where it is due, they have been creative and they have made plenty of opportunities.

“We would have liked to have taken more of them but you don’t always get what you want.”

Blackpool, under caretaker boss Terry McPhillips, are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions.

Keates, though, says the Saddlers’ focus is on bouncing back from the Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Macclesfield.

“Blackpool have added to their squad well over the course of the close season.

“There have been a lot of changes there since the start of the season and in the last few weeks but it will be a difficult game for us.

“But we will be looking for a reaction from the players after Tuesday night.”

One thing the manager is particularly pleased about is the backing the fans have given him and his players in the opening four weeks of the new season.

“The fans have fully bought into what the team have been trying to do.

“It has always been about trying to get the town and the football club united together and giving them something to be proud about and long may it continue.”


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