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Roberts: Collective effort is key

8 October 2020

Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts insists it’s all about the collective effort of the team as the Saddlers aim to build on their unbeaten start to the season.

Roberts impressed in Walsall’s 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers last week as he made a couple of crucial saves.

The 25-year-old feels he still has room for improvement but stressed the priority is ensuring the team performance as a whole is up to the required standard.

“You’ve got your individual performances but then also it’s as a collective, that’s the priority,” said Roberts.

“You can do all the individual things as you want and still not get results, it’s all about the collective.

“Even personally on Saturday, I think my shot stopping was good but there were areas in the game I can improve on so when I came into the changing room I wasn’t thinking ‘I’ve done well here,’ I was thinking there’s things I’ve got to work on here so I came in on Monday with Maik (Taylor), looked at things and certain areas I can improve on individually that will then enhance us as a team.

“I think as a collective, we know on Saturday we weren’t good enough as a team. I think we know that if we can pick up a point on the road when we’re not playing so great, we’ll take that.

“I think last year we would have potentially lost the game. We’re still unbeaten at the moment, we’re very confident and a very tight nit group. We’ve kept the team together from last season so there’s a lot of similarities there, everyone’s solid.

“I think everything external from football we can’t control at the moment. We’ve just got to do what we can do outside the club but when we’re here, we’re here to do a job and that’s the main priority at the moment.”

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