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Keates delighted with 'outstanding' Saddlers performance

23 February 2019

Manager Dean Keates spoke of his delight following his team’s 3-2 win against Bradford City, labelling the team performance "outstanding".

The Saddlers played 85 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Andy Cook but a double from Josh Gordon and an instinctive header from Joe Edwards earned us a first win in six games.

“We spoke about it earlier in the week and this game was probably the equivalent of our FA Cup final,” said a jubilant Keates.

“I think the atmosphere and everything that happened today showed that. The lads were outstanding.

“To go down to 10 men after six minutes, it was always going to be hard, it was going to be tough but we got ourselves back into it.

“We spoke about it at half-time and we said that this could galvanise our season.

“It could be a platform that we need to go and build on our the course of the rest of the season.

“They have shown everything today, absolutely everything.

“It is a young group, they’re eager, they’re honest, their work-rate is phenomenal - they give us that Monday to Friday.

“There have been a lot of decisions that haven’t gone our way over the last few weeks, and one or two didn’t go our way again today.

"But they showed great character, desire and endeavour for the football club.” 

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