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Hussey admits Saddlers need to improve to keep clean sheets

17 August 2023

Club News

Hussey admits Saddlers need to improve to keep clean sheets

17 August 2023

Walsall defender Chris Hussey has admitted the team need to start cutting out mistakes and work hard collectively to try and keep more clean sheets.

The Saddlers fell to a 4-2 defeat in their last outing away at Wrexham on a frustrating night in North Wales.

Hussey feels individual errors have proved costly but has stressed the players must stick together and work to improve defensively as a collective.

“We are conceding too many goals but we’ve got to sort that out and the only way you can do that is by one, sticking together and two, working hard on the training pitch to rectify that,” Hussey said.  

“To be successful, you need to have that. It’s not just the back five, it’s everybody. Everybody needs to keep clean sheets; we need to get that sorted out and I’m pretty sure that we will.

“We’ve come away from home and scored two goals, if we keep a clean sheet, we win.

“We’ve conceded 10 or something goals and all of us, myself included, need to starting cutting out silly mistakes because no one is carving us open where you think ‘that’s a great goal’ but if you flip it on its head that can be a positive because no one is cutting us open, it’s individual errors and I think, myself included, we need to cut them out.”

Mat Sadler’s team have looked bright in attack so far this season with eight goals scored from the first four matches.

Hussey highlighted three key areas to the game and where he feels the team are at in each department.

“We’ve got the mixture of a good team because you can see what we can do with the ball but there are three facets to a game – in possession, out of possession and in transition,” he explained.

“In possession we’re good, transition we’re OK but we need to work on keeping the ball out of the net.”

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