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Mat Sadler looking for consistency from Development side

13 October 2021

Saddlers Player-Coach Mat Sadler is looking for his young Development side to find a level of consistency whereby they start picking up some positive results following Tuesday afternoon’s 3-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley.

Goals from Tommy Leigh, former Saddler Jack Nolan and Oliver Patrick gave the visiting side the win at Ray Hall Lane against the 10-man Walsall and now Sadler, who took charge of the game alongside Miguel Llera, is looking for the team to learn ahead of their next fixture. 

“There were many frustrations in that game,” said Sadler. 

“I didn’t like that fact that we weren’t quite competing. They had a big strong group. I was able to get a little bit of feedback from when the academy lads played against them previously and it was scrappy, getting onto second balls and long balls into the box affair.

“It is a learning experience for a lot of the players who played against Accrington. They need to learn and learn quickly because I for one don’t enjoy losing games and I am sure that they don’t either. 

“What we can’t have is us only playing in parts of the game. When we go down to 10-men or we have a bit of an intricate spell with the ball, I think that we look the part but then the next phase of play, it’s not quite good enough again and we now need to find that consistency within ourselves. 

“We need to find that consistency of hard work, that consistency of doing the basics well and then the consistency of relaxing in possession. 

“We need to learn to relax when we are on the ball and when we are playing passes rather than just returning it to the opposition. 

“There is plenty for us as a group to work on.”


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