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Keates: Saddlers gave 'absolutely everything'

25 February 2019

Dean Keates praised his side for giving “absolutely everything” in the Saddlers’ 3-2 win against Bradford City.

Despite an early red card for top scorer Andy Cook, a brace from Josh Gordon and a header from Joe Edwards secured all three points in a highly entertaining game.

And Keates felt the performance was similar to those produced at the start of the season when the Saddlers went 10 games unbeaten.

“They are a young group, they want to learn, they want to listen, they want to develop,” said Keates.

“This performance was like back at the beginning of the season – they gave absolutely everything and that’s the minimum we can ask for.

“It went our way, some weeks it might not go our way and we’ve had a lot of things go against us.

"There have been decisions, really bad ones over the last few weeks.

"After the Coventry game I had the assessor apologise for the foul on Jack Fitzwater for the second goal.

"Against Blackpool, we submitted our report and they came back and said we should have had two more penalties in addition to the one we had.

"One or two things haven’t gone our way. Luck, rub of the green, it hadn’t been with us.

"It’s been questioned over the last few weeks whether the players cared – that was evident, they do care.

"We are only going to do this together so we need the fans to get fully behind them – hopefully united together we can make sure we are in League One next season."


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