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PRE-MATCH | Stephen Ward believing in the process

29 October 2021

Walsall defender Stephen Ward insists the team need to keep believing in themselves as prepare to head to Sutton United.

The Saddlers were left frustrated last time out when Barrow snatched a point in the dying seconds on Saturday.

Matt Taylor’s side had 11 shots on target on Saturday and while Ward admitted the team need improve at both ends of the pitch, he takes encouragement from the number of chances they have created.

“I think the most important thing is we are creating chances,” Ward said.

“There’s always a worry when you’re not creating chances. We have plenty of confidence in the lads at that end of the pitch, we see it every day in training how lethal they can be.

“I also feel like we haven’t had that bit of luck in front of goal. We’re getting in some great areas, putting some balls across the goals and teams, to be fair, have defended them well or we haven’t had the luck of the bounce of the ball.

“It’s important we’re creating them but we’ve still got to tighten up at the back. We can’t keep conceding late, we were really disappointed to do that from a game we were really in control in so both ends of the pitch we can tidy up. I think in general our play and performances have merited more points than we have but, in this game, you don’t always get what you deserve.

“We just need to keep within this process, we all believe in the process and we all know where we want to go. It’s a long season, you can hit a hot vein of form at any time and at the minute we’re six unbeaten and we’ve got to keep that going.”

“If we can back these last couple of results up in the next few weeks, they can look like decent points in the end because it’s all about continuing that unbeaten streak, getting closer to those play-offs and we’ll look to keep doing that.

“I think we’ve got eight points from our last four league games which is no mean feat in this league because it’s a very tough league.

“You see the results in this league, a lot of draws and a lot of teams taking points off each other so we just need to keep ticking over. It was disappointing not to get back-to-back wins but you have to take your medicine, take your point and move on and keep building towards what we’re trying to do.”

The Saddlers will be looking to get back to winning ways against high-flying Sutton United tomorrow afternoon.

Ward is expecting a difficult game at Gander Green Lane but insists focus remains on their own performance.

“They’ve started really well but it’s up to us to go there and impose our game. It’s important that we, first and foremost, get to our level of performance and if you do that, you hope the result takes care of itself.

“We respect them as we do every team in this league, we know there’s no easy games, especially away from home.

“Every game is a tough game so we’ll respect them but we have to get to the level we know we can play at and that gives us the best chance of getting a result.”

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