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Rushworth keen to re-focus

21 September 2021

Walsall goalkeeper Carl Rushworth feels a solid week of training will do the team good following Saturday’s defeat to Newport County.

Rushworth impressed at Rodney Parade after denying Matty Dolan from the penalty spot before a string of fantastic saves in the second half.

Rushworth is keen to put the Newport result to bed and turn his attention to Saturday’s clash with Bristol Rovers at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday and believes a free week to focus on that match will benefit the squad.

“We know what we need to do and a good week of training will do us good,” Rushworth said.

“That’s the beauty of it, the games come in quick succession. If we did have a game on Tuesday, we could show what we’re about but it’s good that we’ve got a week of training so we can focus on Bristol and kick on with that.

“We’ll aim for a clean sheet and hopefully we can rely on our strikers to show their talent and put the ball in the back of the net.”

It was a frustrating afternoon for the Saddlers at Rodney Parade as despite enjoying plenty of possession after Tyrese Shade’s equaliser late on in the first half, the Saddlers couldn’t make it count and Newport found a late winner.

Rushworth admitted the team need to have more cutting edge and were a little frustrated after the final whistle.

“All the lads are gutted (after the game). I had a couple of saves but the amount of possession that we had, we need to be more clinical and take the risk of having the shot. We’re getting into situations where all we need to do is pull the trigger so that’s something we need to work on.”

“I’ll save what I can save and that’s when the defenders can help me out whenever they can and I can help them out. It was just one of those days where we lost focus on those two parts with the throw and the cross into the box. We’ll go again and hopefully we can prevent it next time.”

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