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Sadler: "The whole group have shown versatility"

23 January 2020

Walsall defender Mat Sadler feels the versatility that the Saddlers possess has proved to be a key asset in recent weeks.

The Saddlers have lost just two of their last 11 games in the league as they’ve climbed into the top half.

Sadler, who featured at left-back against Crawley Town, believes that the side have developed some flexibility which has helped aid the upturn in form.

"The whole group have (had to show versatility).

"You've seen Rory Holden put in a fantastic performance in the middle of the park.

"Same with Liam Kinsella, the lad is a bit of an unsung hero in that he just gets on with wherever he's played.

"I think I was on commentary one day and he played left-wing-back.

"He just gets on with where he plays and plays exactly the same way.

"Clarkey has shown that he can go out wide in full-back either side.

"Norms did the same against Salford.

Sadler has also been impressed with new boy Jack Nolan since his arrival last week.

The 18-year-old, who joined on a permanent deal from Reading, came off the bench to make his Saddlers debut in the 2-1 victory over Crawley Town last Saturday.

Sadler believes Nolan can cause defenders different kinds of problems and feels he could become a valuable asset to the squad.

"You look at Jack and you don't see an 18-year-old lad there," he said.

"He's quite big and he looks quite physical and muscular.

"I thought in his cameo he gave a glimpse of a proper player that's in there.

"Somebody who will beat a man, somebody who will pick a pass.

"It was a good first game for him and he should be happy with himself.

"Throughout the season we haven't had the ability to bring someone on like Jack.

"He brings another issue for the opposition.

"The manager has said two or three players in this window, it's not a case of ripping it up and starting again.

"Just a couple of tweaks.”

The Saddlers now turn their attention to their trip to Carlisle United this weekend. Tickets are still available for this fixture. Call the Ticket Office on 01922 651 414/416 to purchase yours. 

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