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Devine: "We all know how big a game it is"

22 April 2022

Walsall defender Reece Devine is keen to deliver a strong performance for the supporters when the Saddlers take on Port Vale tomorrow afternoon.

The 20-year-old will be keen to be involved after returning from a hamstring injury against Carlisle United on Good Friday.

Devine insists the team are focused on having a positive end to the campaign and putting on a show for the fans against the Valiants on Saturday.

“We all know how big a game it is to us and the fans, especially it being at home as well,” he said.

“Hopefully we can have a good reaction from the last game and give the fans what they want.

“We all think the same, we all want to finish the season as strongly as we can and that’s the main aim.

“We want to make it a hard place to come, we want teams to fear us when they come so if we can carry on that home form, I can’t see why it can’t become a fortress.”

Devine has had a frustrating time with an injury and has only featured six times since joining on loan from Manchester United in January.

He is delighted to be back available and was grateful to his teammates for keeping his spirits high during a difficult spell.

“When I first did the injury, I was a bit gutted - it was a bit of wrong timing for me,” he explained.

“It was just about thinking of getting back as soon as possible, doing the right things off the pitch, working hard in the gym and getting back with the boys as soon as possible.

“When I got back with the boys, I was at my happiest.

“If you get down as a footballer, that’s the worst thing you can do. You’ve got to keep a positive mindset and the boys are great here, they keep you in good spirits so it’s that main thing of thinking that I’m going to be back on the pitch soon so I wasn’t getting too down about it.”

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