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Momentum key for Kiernan

9 November 2021

Momentum is the buzz word for Walsall midfielder Brendan Kiernan who is looking to continue building on recent performances.

The 28-year-old scored his second of the campaign on Saturday as the Saddlers booked their place in Round Two of the Emirates FA Cup, setting up a home tie against Swindon Town, with a 1-0 victory over National League side King’s Lynn Town.

Matt Taylor’s men quickly return to action tomorrow evening against Forest Green Rovers at the Banks’s Stadium in the Papa John’s Trophy and Kiernan is keen to maintain a winning mentality.

“I think the word we’re talking about is momentum,” he said.

“We’ve been on a good run and just keeping that same kind of mindset. All the boys are on the same page so keeping that mindset, that’s what we’re focused on.

“We’ve got another game on Wednesday and we’ve got a few games coming up so we want to keep that momentum going.

“It’s about ticking over, keeping that going, consistency and how well we can keep building on what we’ve done already. For us now, we’ve shown what we’re about.”

Kiernan scored his first goal since August at the weekend, arriving at the back post to prod in Hayden White’s cross and the winger revealed getting themselves into those kinds of positions is something the attacking players have been working on.

“Macca (Neil McDonald) speaks about it for all of us wide boys to be at the back post,” he explained.

“You can nick a few goals there during the season so it’s about making sure I’m in the right place and (on Saturday) it paid off.

“It was a great ball from H (Hayden White), I think it was going in anyway but I was there to poke it home.

“He did that a couple of weeks ago for George, put in a good ball and he’s done it again. I was in the right place at the right time.”

Kiernan and the Saddlers will be looking to pick up a positive result against Forest Green tomorrow evening as they look to finish top of Southern Group D in the Papa John's Trophy. 

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