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Keates issues Saddlers' rallying cry

5 April 2019

Dean Keates has challenged the Saddlers supporters to recreate the atmosphere from the Barnsley and Northampton games when his side entertain Oxford tomorrow.

The boss is urging the fans to get behind the team from the first whistle and is hoping their support can give the lads that extra 10% they may need to get something out of the game.

With six games left in the season, Keates has praised the fans' commitment and now wants them to take the atmosphere in the Banks’s Stadium to the next level.

“The following we took up to Doncaster was fantastic and they were right behind the players,” said Keates.

“To go 2-0 down in three minutes was disappointing but they stayed with the team.

“They could see for the rest of that first half we were on the front foot, we created opportunities and we played decent phases of football.

“Their support, more than ever, is going to be needed over the next six games.

“We need them for Oxford. The Barnsley atmosphere (in the last home game) was unbelievable. They helped the team get on the front.

“All being well, that will be the same case at the weekend.

“Last year, it came down to that one game at home against Northampton (when the Saddlers won 1-0) and the volume from the fans was unbelievable.

“The atmosphere and what happened in the last few minutes is something I will always look back on with fond memories.

“That atmosphere needs to be recreated. There have been points over the season where the fans have done that and we need it again now.

“We need to be united and we need to make sure we get what we need at the weekend so we can get out the relegation zone.”


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