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Liam Kinsella delighted to make landmark appearance

27 September 2019

Walsall midfielder Liam Kinsella was over the moon to make his 100th appearance for the Saddlers.

Kinsella reached the landmark when he came off the bench in the 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.

The 23-year-old has been at the club since he was eight having come through the academy and was proud to reach a century of games for the club.

“I’m delighted,” Kinsella said.

“As a young kid you want to reach that milestone and thankfully on Saturday I came off the bench and it was a big achievement for me.

“Once you start as a young kid you just want to get that first game but then when the games keep coming thick and fast you don’t realise how many games you’ve played, but 100 games is a dream come true.”

Kinsella has experienced plenty of highs and lows over those 100 matches but there’s one particular moment that stands out above the rest.

“I think the Sunderland goal beats the Burton goal because it was in the FA Cup and being at Sunderland as well in a nice ground," he commented.

“There have been some great memories, highs and lows but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it."

Kinsella has developed a reputation for his tenacity and outstanding commitment on the pitch.

He’s also proved to be one of the more versatile members of the squad having played in a number of positions during his time with the Saddlers.

Darrell Clarke has deployed him on the left hand side in recent games and it’s a position he’s starting to adjust to.

“It’s a new position for me but I’m adapting to it and working on it in training,” he said.

“If you’re playing in that position you want to get goals and assists because it’s a more attacking role so hopefully I can do that.

“I’ve been centre-midfield, right-back, left wing – all over, but I don’t mind as long as I’m on the pitch, that’s all that matters to me.”

Walsall travel to Crawley Town tomorrow, looking to earn a third successive win.

Kinsella has been impressed with the Red Devils but was keen to reiterate the confident mood within the Saddlers camp and is looking to seize the opportunity to close the gap towards their opponents.

“They’ve had a decent start, I think they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season but if we win on Saturday we’ll just be one point behind them,” he added.

“It was a good win for them in the week. They’re going to have their tales up but we’ve won two on the bounce so we’re going to go there believing we can win.”

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