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Labadie keen to build on clean sheet

23 November 2021

Walsall captain Joss Labadie feels the team have improved their defensive solidity as the season has progressed.

The Saddlers kept their seventh clean sheet in all competitions on Saturday after a goalless draw with Rochdale.

Labadie was pleased the team avoided a second consecutive league defeat on Saturday.

He is keen to use the result as a springboard to put together another good run of results and see their hard work on the training pitch come to fruition.

“I think as the season’s gone on, the hard hours on the training pitch are paying off and we’re looking like a solid unit,” Labadie said.

“The loss last week wasn’t ideal, losing two games would be unheard of and something we really didn’t want to happen.

“On Saturday we put in a decent performance that we’re happy with. It could be better but it could be worse.

“It gives us a chance to go into tonight’s game and try to get three points.

“It’s a chance to build momentum and go on another run.

“Every time we step out on the pitch, we give our all. Sometimes it doesn’t always pay off how we’d like it to go but one thing about these boys is they give 100 per cent.

“We did that on Saturday and we’ll do it tonight as well.”

Labadie came back into the team on Saturday after he missed the defeat to Harrogate Town through suspension.

The Saddlers also welcomed back Conor Wilkinson and Liam Kinsella from injury lay-offs at the weekend and the 31-year-old is delighted to welcome the duo back.

“They’re two really important players for us,” he commented.  

“We’re really pleased to have them back.

“They’ll provide good competition for places which is good for everyone.”

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