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O'Connor: the players know what is required

12 April 2019

Interim Manager Martin O’Connor insists his players know what is required of them heading into the Saddlers’ crucial League One clash with Accrington Stanley.

Stanley are six places but only three points ahead of O’Connor’s men, meaning a win at the Wham Stadium would be a big boost to the Saddlers’ survival hopes.

The 51-year-old has been pleased with the response from the players in training and insists the team must go out with confidence.

“Players need confidence and they need belief,” said O’Connor. “Modern players need that reassurance.

“Over the last few days, the boys have shown to me and to themselves they can play.

“We are going out on Saturday with confidence, irrespective of the previous form.

“They haven’t got a clean slate but they know what is required. They know how I feel about them and how I feel about the club.

“They have been and are going to be working hard in training in the build up to the game.

“I have seen their commitment in training since I have been here. Training has been good.

“It’s just on matchdays – I call them work days – when we’ve not really given a good account of ourselves.

“They need to show a response now – not for me but for themselves, for the club and, most importantly, for the fans.”


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