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Dobson confident of 'Great Escape'

3 May 2019

Captain George Dobson is confident the Saddlers can pull off a “Great Escape” and avoid relegation from League One.

The Saddlers must beat Shrewsbury on the final day and then hope at least two other results go our way to preserve our third-tier status.

Heading into the final home game against Peterborough, the Saddlers were four points from safety and 1/33 to be relegated with Sky Bet.

But an impressive 3-0 victory over play-off pushing Posh has revived survival hopes – and Dobson is determined to now get over the line.

“It will be a great escape,” said the skipper.

“We were written off. I think a lot of people before the Peterborough game felt that we were down.

“But we aren’t. There is still a lot of fight left in the dressing room.

“Even though we were written off, we have come back and put in a really good performance and got a really good result.

“We went out and beat a team who have gone on to beat Portsmouth on Tuesday night. That should give us a lot of confidence.

“All we can do now is get three points and if we get three points, we’ll have a good chance. We need a little bit of luck, but all we can do is win and hope the other results go our way.

“I am optimistic and confident Saturday will be one of those special days where it ends with us celebrating.”

The 21-year-old is calling for a repeat of the Peterborough performance, admitting the team played with a freedom that has been missing.

“That’s been our biggest problem this season – we’ve just not played with freedom,” he added.

“We’ve not taken enough risks. We’ve been a bit too scared to get on the ball.

“Peterborough was probably the best we have passed the ball all season. We actually got on it and it showed what we can do.

“We were up against a team going for the play-offs and played them off the park comfortably.

“That should give us a lot of confidence going into this weekend.

“Obviously, there is the added pressure of the game, but you can’t think like that – it’s just a game of football at the end of the day.

“We have just got to go there and play on the front foot. It’s going to be a great encounter.

“We are taking a brilliant support. We’ve sold out already which will hopefully give us that extra few per cent.

“If we perform like we did against Peterborough, I’m very confident we can win and then we’ll need a bit of luck.”

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