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White: "It's a building block for us"

4 March 2021

Walsall defender Hayden White feels Tuesday’s clean sheet against Exeter City has provided a building block for the team.

The Saddlers played out a goalless draw at St James’ Park and picked up their first clean sheet since early November.

The 25-year-old was pleased with the point under the circumstances and believes the clean sheet will give the squad something to build on.

“Everyone in there knows it’s been a long time since the last clean sheet and should have had more over the course of the season but it’s another building block for us,” said White.

“It’s a good point at the end of the day. I don’t think people understand how hard the conditions are, how bad the pitch is, trying to play on that and work that out quickly.  

“I made a few mistakes early on but we’ll take the point and move on to another hard game on Saturday.”

The Saddlers have had to adapt in recent games to Brian Dutton’s style and the defender has enjoyed working under the Head Coach.

Players have all been handed opportunities under Dutton and White insists everyone is battling hard for a place in the team.

“Everyone’s definitely fighting and training has been good so that’s the basis that you go off,” he commented.

“You get your shirt from the training ground and trying to perform in games. There’s been a lot of changes, maybe the gaffer’s trying to find his best team and what works for his style of play but he’s been first class since he’s come so hopefully we’ll get better.

“The gaffer’s been first class since he’s come in and it’s down to us to go out there and repay him. He’s given us a lot of freedom and we have to learn on the job. We’re doing that at the moment.”

Dutton’s side are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to promotion hunting Cambridge United.

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