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Keates: Saddlers reaping the rewards of hard work

7 September 2018

Dean Keates believes his players are reaping the rewards of their hard work.

The Saddlers have made an excellent start to the season and remain unbeaten in League One with 14 points from six matches.

Including the three cup games, Keates’ men are yet to lose a match in 90 minutes, with our only ‘defeat’ coming on penalties against Macclesfield.

When asked why his team have started so well, Keates responded: “The lads are working hard – they’re giving absolutely everything.

“The harder you work, you get a bit of luck.

“We’ve had a little bit of luck at times but you can’t take anything away from the effort they’re putting in.

“They’re listening, taking in information and going out there and doing their jobs.”

The Saddlers will be looking to continue the unbeaten start against recently relegated Barnsley tomorrow.

Daniel Stendel’s side have an identical record to the Saddlers, having also won four and drawn two of their six league fixtures.

“It’ll be a good game between two unbeaten teams,” Keates added.

“It’ll be a difficult test for ourselves and we’ve got to make sure it’s a difficult test for them.

“They’re a good team and if you finish above Barnsley this season you’ll probably win the league.

“Kieffer Moore is going to be a handful but it’s not just about him, it’s about their whole team and it will be a test for us.”

Keates also provided an update on the fitness of club captain Adam Chambers.

“He’s had an operation," said the 40-year-old.

"He had a plate put in his fourth metatarsal so it’s now just a case of the rehab side.

“We’re looking at around 8-10 weeks.

“He’s a great pro and gets up to the training ground on his crutches and he’s a good character to have around.”


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