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Osadebe keen to remain positive

9 March 2021

Walsall midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe was keen to take the positives despite defeat to Cambridge United on Saturday.

The Saddlers were left heartbroken when Paul Mullin struck in the 94th minute as the U’s snatched three points.

Despite the late sucker punch, Osadebe took a lot of encouragement from the performance and while he was frustrated with himself late on, he was pleased with the team’s display.

“The performance was fantastic,” he said.

“We just needed a final pass, a final goal or my chance there. We just needed something to go 1-0 up and we would have just seen out the game. The only thing we can be is positive and try and kick on against Barrow.

“I think we should take all the positives. On a personal level, I’m disappointed. It was naive looking for a pass in the last minute, I should have just hit it down the line. Other than that, I thought the boys were fantastic.

“Cambridge are a good side but we made sure we were on to them from the start and to the end. It was just disappointing because it was naive just trying to find a pass when I should have put it down the line but we’ll take the positives and move on.”

Osadebe was restored to the starting XI against Cambridge and impressed with his performance.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed working under Head Coach Brian Dutton and feels he is improving and growing in confidence.

“On a personal note, he’s giving me that confidence because as long as you do your job on the ball, you can go and express yourself,” Osadebe commented.

“With that kind of mentality and positivity around all the boys, it’s given us confidence. We still have a way to go and I feel like we can level up with the quality we have.

“I feel like he’s been very positive. He’s harsh when he should be and he’s a very honest person and I feel like that has bettered our game because he’s given us an identity.

“He knows what he wants to do and is sticking to it. We’re buying into it, we believe in him and I feel like he believes in us. We just need that one goal, one win.”

Attention now turns to Friday evening as the Saddlers host Barrow at the Banks’s Stadium. Watch the game live on iFollow by purchasing a match pass here.

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