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Keates: Saddlers must start converting performances into points

28 March 2019

Dean Keates insists his players remain positive despite recent results but admits the Saddlers must start converting performances into points.

The Saddlers dominated the last match against second-placed Barnsley but were undone by Jacob Brown’s cruel stoppage-time winner, falling to a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat.

Walsall performed well without reward against fellow promotion-chasers Sunderland and Portsmouth, also losing by the odd goal.

And with the Saddlers in the relegation zone, the boss knows results are needed.

“Believe me, I’d take a bad performance and a scruffy 1-0 win with the goal coming off somebody’s backside,” said Keates.

“What we need to do is look at the positives and, in terms of performances, we are in good form.

“We just need to make sure we start picking up points to go with them.

“We have had a few ups and downs over the past few weeks but we are in a good place now.

“The group is positive, they are on the front foot and have trained well after what happened [against Barnsley].

“We have to keep believing in ourselves, keep working hard and keeping making sure standards are high on the training ground.

“And now we want to take that into Saturday’s game at Doncaster.”

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