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Knowles confident ahead of Mansfield clash

14 October 2022

Club News

Knowles confident ahead of Mansfield clash

14 October 2022

Tom Knowles believes Walsall have picked up the pace in recent performances and is confident of another positive result at Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The 24-year-old credited his team’s strong mentality to change their fortunes after the Saddlers have picked up seven points from their last nine. 

Knowles admitted the team had cut out some sloppy errors to spark their upturn in form but always believed the team would turn the corner. 

“We were never too down heartened as we knew we weren’t a million miles away from what we were trying to do,” he said. 

“We had a few lapses of concentration, but we’ve ironed them out and can build on the back of a good week. We are fully confident we can go to teams and get three points.” 

Knowles expects a good game of football when his side travel to the One Call Stadium for their next game tomorrow and is unphased of the Stags’ unbeaten home record in the league. 

He revealed it was a massive moment for himself to come off the bench and seal the points for his side in stoppage time in their last game, a 3-1 win against AFC Wimbledon. 

“Before I went on the gaffer said, ‘you’re going to score,’ he joked. 

“I have to believe in myself and my ability to score goals. Hutch (Isaac Hutchinson) put a great ball across, and I was lucky to tap it in. 

“We have been guilty of not killing games off and the final moments were tense, so the goal was massive, especially in front of the home fans who were excellent.” 

When asked about the supporters singing his name, he expressed: “It gives me goosebumps. It is something you dream of. 

“They’ve been patient with me because I’ve missed a few chances but now a few have gone in, hopefully I can repay the support they’ve shown in me. 

“They’ve been brilliant every away game, and we look forward to the away games as players as they always travel in numbers.  

"Hopefully they enjoy their day out (Against Mansfield) and we will all go home happy.” 

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