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Dutton praises Saddlers character

14 October 2020

Walsall Assistant Coach Brian Dutton praised Walsall’s character after their 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient.

The Saddlers came from behind thanks to a goal in each half from Rory Holden and Elijah Adebayo.

Dutton feels the team’s togetherness has grown over the past year and has been pleased with their ability to bounce respond positively to setbacks.

“To go a goal down again and come back to win the game, that’s really pleasing to see because it shows the character of the boys,” Dutton said.

 “Obviously, we’d want to go 1-0 up and keep scoring from there but it shows what great character the lads have so really pleased.

“I think at the beginning of last season if something like that happened, it would be very difficult for us to respond in a positive manner but the lads have got such good togetherness around the group now and they’re so positive with each other that they’re prepared to help their mates out.

“Whether it’s Liam Kinsella with the individual error or Lavs not putting the penalty away, they’re prepared to dig in and help their mates out and that’s what they did.”

Saddlers striker Elijah Adebayo netted his third of the season and fifth consecutive league goal at the Banks’s Stadium.

Dutton praised the striker for his hard work and development and has been impressed with his form.

“Not just at the moment, we can date that (good form) to halfway through the last campaign, certainly the back end of last campaign,” Dutton commented.

“He’s took that into this season and he looks a completely different player which happens. These young lads, you forget Elijah’s only 22 and it takes them a little bit of time to mature and get used to the boys so credit to Elijah and his family that he’s took it to a different level.”


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