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Donervon Daniels hails ruthless Walsall

27 October 2022

Donervon Daniels hailed Walsall's ruthless performance after they returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-1 victory against Harrogate Town.

Danny Johnson, Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson put the game to bed inside the first half as Michael Flynn’s men swiftly swept aside the Sulphurites. 

Daniels revealed that his side’s spirited performance against Sutton United on Saturday was the catalyst behind the excellent result and display. 

“We showed great resilience on Saturday (against Sutton) and that brought us a great belief and a real confidence heading into this game,” he said. 

“We passed the ball well and won our first contacts. Kins (Liam Kinsella) and (Jacob) Maddox picked up the seconds in midfield and Isaac (Hutchinson) ran the show. 

“We had chances to score even more, we got close on a few set plays and DJ (Daniel Johnson) got denied a second by a really good save. 

“We were strong defensively and ruthless offensively, it was great. It’s a nice feeling.” 

The Saddlers have now won three consecutive home games in the league, and the 28-year-old defender hopes his team can continue their positive home form. 

“We worked really hard to build that consistency at home, I think the fans deserve that. It’s now about building momentum in future games. 

“We want to make the Poundland Bescot Stadium a real fortress, making it hard for teams to come here.” 

The Montserrat international was full of praise for teammate Johnson, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot to register his 10th goal of the season. 

“DJ was top tier, against two aggressive centre-backs," he stated.

"He played a really selfless role, sometimes you have to get in there and just look after the ball. 

“His link-up play was top tier, he held the ball well and brought players (Jacob) Maddox and (Isaac) Hutchinson into the game. 

“He got his goal so I’m happy for him but also happy for the entire group of boys.” 

Walsall will welcome 22nd placed Rochdale to the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday, with the club looking to win four consecutive home league games for the first time since March. 

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