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Keates to rotate squad for Checkatrade Trophy clash

4 September 2018

Dean Keates is likely to give minutes to some of his lesser-used players when the Saddlers visit Burton in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Saturday's goalless draw with Blackpool was the Saddlers’ eighth competitive match in just 29 days.

And after such a hectic schedule, the boss is considering making changes for tonight’s Northern Group E opener.

“I don’t think it’s just us [that will look to rotate their squad] – I think everybody will,” said Keates.

“There are a few lads who are chomping at the bit to get an opportunity and it’s something we can look at.

“I’ll try to balance a few minutes out and get a few lads out there.

“We need to make sure that if we have a drop in performance, or don’t go on the best of runs, there are people who are ready to come straight in.”

Whatever the team tonight, Keates is determined to go far in this year’s competition – with the hope of reaching the final at Wembley.

“We want to win every single football match,” he added.

“I’m confident in the squad that whatever team we put out will be competitive and do their best to win the game.

“The end result is massive and it’s an opportunity for players to play at Wembley.

“I’ve been fortunate to play there – probably in the non-league equivalent, the FA Trophy.

“It gives you an opportunity to play there that you don’t always get when you’re in cups with Championship and Premier League teams.”


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