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Keates: impose our game on Coventry

15 February 2019

Dean Keates has called for his Saddlers team to impose their game on Coventry tomorrow.

The Saddlers are 17th in League One, two points above the relegation zone.

The boss wants his players to put the midweek disappointment of losing to Wimbledon behind them and play on the front foot against Mark Robins’ mid-table Sky Blues.

“As a football club, we have to see Tuesday night as rock bottom,” said Keates. “The only way we can go now is up.

“There’s no point looking too far ahead. The biggest game of the season for us now is Coventry.

“We have to go there and give a proper account of what Walsall Football Club has been about – and that was the first quarter of the season.

“They will want to back up the result they had at Rochdale last weekend. They’re at home and will be looking to start bright against us.

“They’re a young team that play good attacking football – very bright, very sharp, on the counter-attack.

“It’ll be a difficult game for us but we’re at a point now where we have to start putting our game on opposition teams, like we did when we went down to Gillingham.

“We need to get back to what we were at the beginning of the season; that was a team full of confidence playing on the front foot and being brave.”


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