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PRE-MATCH | Taylor previews Sutton trip

29 October 2021

Walsall Head Coach Matt Taylor is keen to continue building momentum as his side prepare to face Sutton United.

The Saddlers are currently six unbeaten and will be aiming to get back to winning ways following last week’s 2-2 draw against Barrow.

Taylor feels his team should approach the game in confident mood but he’s been impressed with how Sutton have acquitted themselves in Sky Bet League Two following their promotion from the National League.

“They’ve made a really good start,” he said.

“They’ve got 23 points and sit sixth in the league. They’re sitting in the position they are because they’ve got a very settled squad.

“I like the way they go about their business. They work extremely hard; they have a very clear identity with the way they play and they’ve been together a while as a group so it’s no surprise to me that they are where they are in the league table and that poses a huge challenge for us.

“It’s going to be a difficult game; every game is and I know I sound like a broken record because I say that every week.

“I look at this as an opportunity for us to continue building momentum at the football club. If we’re going to get anything from the game on Saturday, one thing I am 100 per cent sure of is we must match Sutton’s effort because they work tirelessly for each other and you can see there are bonds within the group of players that they have, they know what they’re doing and they’re well coached.

“It’s going to be a tough game, they’re a team who have responded to a disappointing result by winning away at Colchester on Tuesday night.

“I’m looking forward to the fixture, it will be a new ground for me and I’m sure it will be a new ground for the players so it’s one we should approach with confidence.”

The Saddlers were without Liam Kinsella, Zak Mills and Rory Holden last weekend and while Taylor admitted they’re not quite ready to return to action, he has seen gradual progress.

“The only change is they are getting closer, unfortunately they haven’t re-joined the group yet,” he confirmed.

“We need to make sure that all three of the players, when they do come back, they stay with us for the season. I know they’re getting closer but I also know speaking to all three of them, they are extremely frustrated because they want to be part of the group.

“It’s imperative they know that they are still part of the group but at the moment, they can’t be on the grass with the players. I’m very much excited to have all three players back as and when they’re ready.”


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