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Liddle: Composure is key for the Saddlers

27 August 2019

Walsall midfielder Gary Liddle feels the team needs to show a bit more composure and has stressed the importance learning each other’s games quickly.

The Saddlers suffered a 3-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend and will be looking to bounce back when they take on Grimsby Town at the Banks’s Stadium this weekend.

Liddle admitted Walsall’s current points tally isn’t good enough and believes if they can show a bit more composure in front of goal, then results will turn.

“We got into some good positions and we squandered some good opportunities,” said Liddle.

“It’s showing that bit of composure and scoring goals, which we’re finding hard to do at the moment.

“It's not just the strikers, we can all chip in with set pieces and stuff like but at the rate we’re going it’ll be 18 goals we could finish the season with which isn’t a great statistic and wouldn’t get us anywhere near where we want to be so it needs sorting drastically but the sooner we put those chances away and show a bit more composure because we get into some good positions but it’s just that final pass or final shot isn’t working for us at the moment.

“Five points from five games is certainly not acceptable for the quality of players we’ve got and we know that.”

Liddle felt Walsall had a good spell in the game at Plymouth but fell short in crucial areas of the pitch.

He believes a good week in training can fix it.

“It’s just on the training ground, that’s the only thing we can do,” said Liddle.

“We’ll work hard to put it right. We can go through all the patterns of play but at the end of the day it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net and it’s about what happens in both boxes.

“We can play some nice football between those boxes but games are won and lost in both boxes and that’s where we’re struggling.”

Liddle was making only his second start as a Walsall player and was pleased to get 90 minutes under his belt after missing most of pre-season.

“I had a lot of the ball and I enjoyed getting on the ball and trying to make us play a bit but it was my second start,” added Liddle.

“It was good get out there and that was my first 90 minutes since May 3rd after missing all of pre-season. I’m 33 now so no doubt I’ll be feeling the effects but if selected, I’ll be raring to go Saturday.”


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