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Dutton previews Leyton Orient clash

3 April 2021

Walsall Head Coach Brian Dutton is looking to take the positives from Friday’s draw against Harrogate Town into today’s match against Leyton Orient.

The Saddlers were held to a goalless draw at the Banks’s Stadium on Good Friday but were denied by a string of fine saves by opposition goalkeeper James Belshaw.

There were plenty of signs of encouragement from the team on Friday as Walsall recorded their third consecutive draw but Dutton is hoping his side can start turning one point into three points.

“We need that win, that’s what we need,” Dutton said.

“We go to Leyton Orient who are a team in form, a very good team and we’ll look to win the game like we did on Friday. We don’t want draws, we want wins so we’ll take the positives from Friday and roll it into Orient and hope to get that win.

“They’ve got experienced guys in and around Leyton Orient and they’ll be treating every game with the upmost respect. We know we’ll be in for a tough game, they know they’re in for a tough game so it’s about who applies themselves the best on Monday.”

As well as a positive performance, the Saddlers were also boosted by the return of Rory Holden from injury after he came off the bench for the final 15 minutes on Good Friday.

Dutton was delighted to see the 23-year-old back on the pitch and believes he will add a new dimension to the team now he is back.

“We need Rory Holden back as we did James Clarke, he’s a stellar player for the league and an outstanding player for us,” Dutton commented.

“We’ve missed him, we really have. His creativity, his ingenuity, his improvisation and attacking wise, he’s going to bring so much to the team so I couldn’t be more pleased that he managed to get on the pitch and get through it with no problems.”

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