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Liam Bennett speaks to Saddlers Shout

7 September 2022

Club News

Liam Bennett speaks to Saddlers Shout

7 September 2022

The latest edition of Saddlers Shout will be available at Saturday's match against Northampton Town.

Supporters can pick up a copy around the ground, at the Club Shop or a the Ticket Office on matchday. 

Saddlers defender Liam Bennett sat down with us for an exclusive interview in Saddlers Shout.

Here is a snippet of our chat with the 20-year-old. 

Liam, thanks for joining us. Time seems to have gone very fast since you arrived here in June. How have you settled in to life at Walsall?

“I’ve settled in really well. I’ve bonded with the lads and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to making a mark on every game I play in and seeing where we can take the team.”

You’ve had to work your way into the team but you’ve got yourself in now and found a bit of rhythm. How has that been for you?

“It was tough at the start to get in the team because we started so well and everyone was on it at the start. I’ve been patient and made sure whenever I did get my chance, I’ve took it and showed what I can do. I’m looking forward to making each training session and every game count.”

You played against Bradford on Saturday and your free-kick led to our goal. Despite dominating the game, the team fell to defeat. How frustrating was that and how do you reflect on last weekend's match?

“It was sort of the same old story where we’ve managed to dominate the game and really take the game to Bradford in an atmosphere that was all with the home side. It was a matter of we didn’t win the battle in both boxes again and that’s something we need to work on because we’re getting in to good areas, creating good opportunities but we’re just not taking them and killing teams off.”

How did you find playing in that atmosphere at Bradford?

“It was really good. I think it was the second biggest crowd that I’ve played in front of and that’s what football is all about. You want to go out there and show people what you can do in front of big crowds and try and do your best. It was a really good experience for me and one that will hold me in good stead for the future as well.”

We’ve seen you play in a number of positions whether that be at full-back on both sides, wing-back on both sides and as more of a winger like you did on Saturday. What is your preferred position?

“I’d say my best position is as a right-back because I’m good at receiving the ball deep, driving forward and looking to link with players and I’m good defensively one-v-one but I’m happy to play anywhere. I’m quite versatile, I’ve played in a number of positions across my career so far and just happy to be on the pitch every time I play really.”


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