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Foulkes keen to make Poundland Bescot Stadium a fortress

25 August 2023

Club News

Foulkes keen to make Poundland Bescot Stadium a fortress

25 August 2023

Walsall defender Joe Foulkes is keen to make the Poundland Bescot Stadium a fortress.

The Saddlers are set to play back-to-back home league games, starting with Grimsby Town’s visit to the West Midlands tomorrow afternoon.

The 20-year-old admitted mistakes have been costly and that the team must be more clinical in both boxes as they look to stamp their authority on home soil.

“It’s what you strive to do, you never want a team to beat you in your own back yard,” said Foulkes.

“It has to become a fortress; teams have to fear coming to these places but it’s a really good opportunity to put our foot down and prove that.

“You have to treat every game the exact same, home or away. You’re going there to do a job; you’re going there to win.

“We were clinical against Stockport and that is something we have to reflect on throughout the whole season. It needs a clinical edge and we need to be sharp in both boxes.

“I feel like the goals we have conceded so far, granted same with me, are mistakes but we have to be ruthless in both boxes and put teams to the sword.”

Foulkes has featured in five out of the six matches so far this season.

Tom Knowles has been out injured but returned to action on Tuesday evening against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The duo will be battling it out for the right wing-back spot but Foulkes is relishing the competition with a player he has a great relationship with on and off the pitch.

“He’s one of the people I’m closest to here, I get along with him really well,” he commented.

“We’ve been pushing each other since we’ve been back in, he’s been talking to me and giving me all the advice he possibly can because like everyone says, you’re all young once.

“He’s experienced everything I’ve experienced so far coming into the fray. He’s been a really good guide for me, I can go to him for anything and the most important thing is pushing each other off and on the pitch. As the season progresses, we’ll be pushing each other’s standards really high.”

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