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Roberts enjoying playing in new look Saddlers team

29 August 2019

Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts has enjoyed playing in the Saddlers’ new look team.

Darrell Clarke has signed 15 new players since arriving at the Banks’s Stadium in the summer.

Roberts is one of just a handful of players who were here last season and feels the changes so far have been positive

“It’s been very different," said Roberts.

"It’s been positive and the work rate and attitude is always a must. We defend from the front and enjoy going and playing football. The gaffer’s brilliant and the coaching staff are all really good people.

“This summer’s been a bit of a big one but the lads are brilliant, there’s not one bad egg in the group and everyone’s got a great attitude.”

Roberts revealed that he had a productive pre-season which has had an impact on his positive start to the season personally.

“I just had to get in early and try to work on my weaknesses and I kept working on my strengths and they got better,” he said.

“I knew myself it would change; self belief gets you through anything so for me I had to keep knuckling down.

“You have to show what I need to do and I need to be so I came to training and made sure I did everything right and in the off season I made sure that I got bigger, faster and stronger.”

Walsall will be looking for their first home win of the season when they take on Grimsby Town tomorrow.

Roberts is expecting a tough, physical challenge from the Mariners but feels the Saddlers need to deal with that and also have more cutting edge in the final third.

“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal,” Roberts admitted.

 “We’ve done well in our box but it’s just reciprocating that in the attacking half.

“It’s making sure we’re organised at the back when they’re in the final third but for me it’s just a little bit of composure getting into the box.

“They’re a strong and physical team so if we can deal with that and then implement our game then hopefully we’ll get a positive performance.”

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