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Menayese reflects on first Saddlers goal at Salford

29 March 2022

Walsall defender Rollin Menayese says he was focused and ready to take his opportunity when it came after he stepped off the bench and scored his first goal of the season against Salford City.

The 24-year-old replaced Donervon Daniels, who went off injured early on.

It was his first appearance since late February and he has had to wait patiently for an opportunity.

While he was frustrated the team fell to a 2-1 defeat despite taking the lead, he was pleased to open his account and insists he was well prepared for the task.  

“Donervon went down injured and I got told to get myself ready to come on,” Menayese said.

“I had to make sure I was switched on, make sure I was ready to help the boys out and do my job and responsibilities on the pitch.

“I can’t really remember my goal if I am being honest.

“It sort of fell into my path, I latched onto it and luckily it went in.

“I thought we were the better side. There were a few errors that have cost us the game.

“We had enough decent chances in the game to add more goals and get ourselves further ahead but we couldn’t do that.”

The Saddlers were backed by 864 supporters at the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday.

Menayese was disappointed the team weren’t able to send the fans home with something to celebrate but praised the level of support.

“The fans were different class to be fair,” he commented.

“I thought they were the louder of the two sets of fans and they were really helping us throughout the game.

“It was unlucky for us that we couldn’t help get a good result for them.”

Attention now turns to Saturday as Leyton Orient visit the Banks’s Stadium.

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