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Keates: I'm pleased with the character we've shown

18 March 2019

Club News

Keates: I'm pleased with the character we've shown

18 March 2019

Saddlers manager Dean Keates is confident that if his side play with the passion and desire they have in the last two games, then they will beat the drop.

Despite suffering very narrow defeats to Portsmouth and Sunderland, two teams in the mix for automatic promotion, Keates is pleased with the character his players have shown.

“The belief and confidence is there,” said Keates. “We have put in two decent performances but I said the same to the players in the dressing room after the Sunderland game as I did after Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

“If you give the top teams in this division half an opportunity they take it. I thought the back four did well, really limiting their opportunities.

“By and large the defence did well against Will Grigg but if you give a striker who cost millions of pounds on deadline day half an opportunity, he’s going to take it and he did.

“We are confident about staying up. I thought we hit rock-bottom after Wimbledon.

“We talked about how we had to show character and a response. We have shown that.

“The Bradford game galvanised us.

“We are disappointed with the last two results but we have gone toe-to-toe with teams who are top of the league.

“The disappointing thing is we have played our part in the goals we have conceded.

“We need to eradicate those errors over the last eight games to give ourselves the best opportunity of keeping this club in the league.”

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