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Phillips working to add clinical edge

19 November 2021

Walsall striker Kieran Phillips has been working towards adding that clinical edge with extra practise after training.

The striker has netted five times for the Saddlers in all competitions so far this season.

Matt Taylor’s side will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Harrogate Town and the 21-year-old has been working hard in training as he eyes a fast start tomorrow.

“If you start quickly, you can put them on the back foot,” Phillips said.

“If you get a few early goals, you can put the game to bed pretty quickly. We always aim to do that but as you know, football’s very different and every game is different.

“We were practising finishing after training; we’re trying to be more clinical every game. We’d like to put teams to bed early in the first half, we could have done that a few times this season but there’s always the next game.

“We’ve worked hard all week and it’s time to put it right at the weekend now. We’ve got to do the best that we can.”

Phillips, on loan from Huddersfield, is still keen to learn and improve.

He has been working with first team coach Neil McDonald and has found his sessions to be beneficiary to his game.

“He’s a good technical coach,” Phillips commented.

“A lot of his technical sessions are more relaxed, focusing on your technique and not smashing balls, just placing them in the corners which is perfect for me.

“I’m here to learn, I’m here to get better and he’s perfect for that and he’s a perfect mentor for me for finishing.”

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