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Sadler delighted for Hayden White

31 October 2022

Club News

Sadler delighted for Hayden White

31 October 2022

Walsall First Team Coach Mat Sadler was delighted for Hayden White following his first goal for the Club in Saturday's 1-0 win against Rochdale at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The Saddlers defender netted the winner from close range in the 35th minute to make it four consecutive home league victories for Michael Flynn’s men.

Sadler highlighted White regularly appearing in attacking areas of the pitch in training.

“In training, he’s finding himself in areas where you think, ‘he’s popped up again,’ and all of a sudden, that doesn’t become a coincidence,” Sadler said.

“His goal [on Saturday], if you watch it back, he’s on the move in the box where others are standing still.

“I was delighted for him; I know what that feeling is like when it opens up and the ball’s coming towards you like that.

“So, a few more of those three-yard tap-ins for H, please.”

No team in League Two collected more points than Walsall's 14 in October, with Saturday's win seeing them climb to 12th in the table.

Sadler reflected on what was a positive month for the Club.

“It was a tough September – if that’s the way of putting it, and we’ve backed that up and bounced back with a fantastic October,” Sadler stated.

“The group, the coaching staff, the players, and the fans as well, they’re a resilient bunch.

“This last month has shown many different ways to win points, many different ways to win games, and that’s going to have to be the way it is from now until the end of the season.”

Next up for the Saddlers is a trip to League One Wycombe Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup first round on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

With no more midweek fixtures until December, Sadler is hoping to welcome players back from injury.

“It calms down a little bit the schedule does, which is great from a coach’s point of view because we can get a few bodies back who have been injured,” Sadler explained.

“We’ve spoken about that injury list for a long time. We can get a few of those back and really focus on each game.”

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