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Brian Dutton looks ahead to Stevenage trip

19 February 2021

Walsall Head Coach Brian Dutton insists Stevenage must not be taken lightly despite sitting 21st in Sky Bet League Two.

Stevenage have lost just one of their last four games and recorded an impressive 1-0 victory over Crawley Town in midweek.

Dutton feels Stevenage are a dangerous outfit and says the Saddlers need to bring their A-game against a side who are in decent form.

“It’s a tough game,” Dutton said.

“Stevenage have made signings in the transfer window, they’re 11th in the form table and they’re on the up so it’s going to be a game we can’t treat lightly.

"Like I say, they’re 11th in the form table and we’re 19th so we’ve got to make sure we’re on our metal and go get the three points.”

“It’s a strange league this season, there isn’t, for me, one team that’s absolutely exceptional that will blitz the league. Anybody can beat anybody. We’ve got some good teams in the league and some average teams and Stevenage, on their day, are very dangerous opposition.”

Walsall tried to implement a passing style against Cheltenham Town in midweek in Dutton’s first game in charge.

Dutton is keen to see his side play football but feels Stevenage will pose a different challenge tomorrow afternoon.

“Cheltenham were a team who were content to let us have the ball at times whereas Stevenage, I’m assuming, are going to get in our faces, press us and not allow us that time on the ball so two different tests and both difficult in their own right but it’s one we’re looking forward to and we’re confident we can go down there and give a good account of ourselves,” Dutton explained.

“How I see it is if you’ve got time and space to play and pass then why not? It’s only a case of if you’re under pressure or if the pressure’s too intense that we need to think about going long or back to front. It makes sense to me if we’ve got the composure and time and space to play, then play for sure.”

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