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Keates: Oxford game is 'massive'

1 April 2019

Manager Dean Keates has labelled next weekend’s game against Oxford United as “massive” following the Saddlers’ defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

The Saddlers now have a “six-game season” according to Keates, with games against Oxford, Accrington, Southend, Wycombe, Peterborough and Shrewsbury all still to play.

Five out of those six games are against teams around the Saddlers and the boss says everyone is fully aware of their importance.

“The lads are well aware of the situation we are in,” said Keates. “We have a six-game season with the teams that are down there with us at the moment.

“We have the opportunity to get ourselves out of it but all the other teams will be thinking exactly the same thing. It will be the same in every camp.

“We have to make sure we look after ourselves. Our players need to stand up and be counted. That’s everybody in the group.

“When they cross that white line, they have to start leading and being big, strong characters.

“It’s going to go down to the wire - there is no doubt about it.

“We have got a massive game now next week at home against an Oxford side that have picked up a few results recently.

“We have to make sure we go out and get something for the football club. All being well that is three points.”


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