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Keates: Performances aren't far away from where we want them to be

17 January 2019

Saddlers manager Dean Keates admits that the team are disappointed with their recent results but wants to stress that the performances aren’t far away from where he wants to be.

Despite being out of form at the moment, the 40-year-old is confident that as soon as his players eradicate the errors on the pitch, more points will be added to the current tally of 32.

And Keates is now looking to take scenarios to another level in training to make sure that when the team are in different situations in a game, they will be able to deal with whatever is thrown at them.

“We are in a good place,” said Keates. “We are disappointed result wise. Performances aren’t a million miles away from where we want to be.

“We’ve looked back at Scunthorpe and done our debrief. We’ve looked at the wrongs, we need to put them right and all being well we will do that at Gillingham.

“The players are an honest bunch and they know there have been too many individual errors.

“As soon as we can eradicate them we will get some points on the board.

“We just have to keep trying to do the right things. We are re-enacting things in training, putting them under stress.

“And if we do that, hopefully the lads will make the right decision when it comes down to that split second at the weekend.

“We need to make a better decisions.

“It may be a case that in that split second a player can’t see a pass or he feels under pressure – if the ball has to go into the stand or over the stand, they have to do that.

“We can’t try and force a picture that isn’t there. We have to then regroup, get back into shape and defend the second phase whether that’s throw-in or a set-piece.”


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