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Keates: build on Bradford win

28 February 2019

Dean Keates is hoping his side can follow up the Bradford win with another positive performance and result at Burton.

A Josh Gordon brace and a Joe Edwards header earned the Saddlers a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Bantams, despite playing more than 80 minutes with 10 men following Andy Cook’s dismissal.

Opponents Albion, currently 11th in League One, were beaten 1-0 by Fleetwood last time out but ran out convincing 3-1 winners against Walsall back in November.

Keates was impressed with the Brewers that day but says the Bradford result has given his players plenty of belief heading into the Pirelli Stadium clash.

“They are a good team and they have done really well in the League Cup this season,” said the boss.

“They didn’t have the result they wanted at home last weekend and they will be looking to put it right against us.

“I would probably say that in our home game against them, in the first half they are the only team that has really pulled us apart.

“Other than that half, we have always been in games. In that first 45 minutes, their rotation was good, they did well.

“It’s a different type of game this weekend.

“We go into the game on the back of a great performance and a great three points and, all being well, we can add to that.

“That performance will have given them plenty of belief.”

More than 800 Saddlers supporters will be in attendance – and Keates has thanked the fans for their continued backing.

“We took a great following down to Coventry; they were vocal and stayed right behind the team even though the result wasn’t great,” added Keates.

“Against Bradford, the atmosphere in the stadium was unbelievable.

“There will be a great following to Burton and hopefully we can give them something to sing about and be proud of.”


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