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Keates: We need to add more clean sheets to our game

8 February 2019

Manager Dean Keates has urged his side to start picking up more clean sheets, starting with this weekend’s trip to Blackpool.

The Saddlers have kept just five clean sheets in all competitions this season, including one against the Tangerines back in September when the sides played out a goalless draw at the Banks’s Stadium.

Keates highlighted the ‘exceptional’ away performance at Gillingham but now wants his side to find a level of consistency that will see them start to pick up more clean sheets.

“There is no doubt that we need to find a level of consistency with our defensive performances,” said Keates.  

“When we went down to Gillingham, we were exceptional and kept a clean sheet.

“But we need to start adding more clean sheets now.

“The disappointing thing is we could accept it if the teams we have come up against were playing great football, if they were carving us open or if someone has put it in the top corner from 25 yards.

“At the moment, the only thing we are consistent at is being masters of our own downfall.

“That we are working on. It was addressed on Monday morning. We had a meeting with the lads and a good chat because they were down.

“We addressed what happened at the weekend and since then they have trained well.”

In a bid to find a level of consistency, Keates moved to bring in Birmingham City defender Dan Scarr in January.

And he is confident that the 24-year-old will only get better during his time with the club.

“Dan is in great shape. Physically when you look at him, there is not an ounce of fat on him.

“He is a strong, physical lad and he is only going to get better over the duration of the remainder of the season.”


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