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Sadler keen to remain positive

25 February 2021

Walsall Player-Coach Mat Sadler is keen to remain positive despite last night’s defeat to Newport County.

Joss Labadie scored the only goal of the game on a frustrating night at the Banks's Stadium.

The Saddlers have been trying to implement a passing style under Head Coach Brian Dutton and while disappointed with last night’s result, Sadler remains positive about the way the team are trying to play and says the players are all responding positively to the new style.  

“The lads, first and foremost, are hugely buying into the way we want to play,” Sadler said.  

“They’ve really come together as a group. I can’t fault their application, I can’t fault their attitude and they want to do well each other, themselves and the club.

“They’re buying in to everything that we’re trying to get over to them. I’m delighted to see the response from them into trying to find an inquest into what went wrong there and that’s a good, healthy environment and that’s what we want to create albeit we want to win football matches.

“When it’s as tight as it was and on the edge as it was, a set play goal is disappointing to concede.

“We’ll look and we’ll learn but we don’t want to be downbeat about it. We want to be positive with the way we want to play, we want to be positive with the style and the control that we’re having in games and the issues that we’re causing teams.

“We want build on that. Football’s a funny game and it can turn very quickly, I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it.

“As you’ve seen, it was a very tight League Two game which on another occasion we come on the other side of, on this occasion it wasn’t to be.

“We’ll be dusting ourselves down, remaining positive, keeping to our game plan and trying to play because that’s how I want to see football played and the way I want to play football.”

The Saddlers now turn their attention to Saturday’s game at home to Bradford City.

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