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Mat Sadler determined to reward fantastic away support

14 August 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler insists his players are determined to send the away fans home happy when they take on Wrexham tomorrow night.

The Saddlers picked up their first victory of the 2023/24 season on Saturday against last season’s play-off finalists Stockport County.

Sadler is fully focused on building on Saturday’s triumph when the team face Wrexham.

Walsall will be backed by over 1100 fans at Stok Cae Ras tomorrow and Sadler is keen to give them a positive result after seeing two defeats so far on the road.

“It’s not lost on me the support that we’re going to be taking there, another incredible turnout,” Sadler said.

“I’ve got a group that are desperate to give them something to go home with so we dust ourselves down, reflect and look to go again.

“There’s only really half an hour or so worth of enjoyment (from Saturday) until you go on to the next game but we do that with a real togetherness about us and we’ll need all of that come Tuesday.

“For me, it’s another game against another League Two team and I think that’s exactly the same way Wrexham will set themselves up.

“When you’re in amongst it and down to the grounds of it, it’s just another game for both teams and another game where both teams will be desperate to try and win so there won’t be hyping anything up from me, it’s another League Two game where we'll need to do the basics extremely well and it will be a really tough game for us to try and get three points from but we’ll go there and try and give it our best.”

Saddlers fans got a first glimpse of Freddie Draper in the league, who set up Danny Johnson’s goal on Saturday, but were still without Priestley Farquharson and Tom Knowles through injury.

Another player who was not involved on Saturday was Brandon Comley and Sadler explained why he was missing and whether he’ll be in contention for tomorrow’s encounter.

“Coms had been nursing an ankle injury for a little bit of time and in the Blackburn game, I think it just became unmanageable so we’ve got a scan on Coms to see what the situation is but nothing to report back on that just yet,” he told reporters.

“Coms’ experience was a miss (on Saturday) and what a fantastic person and character he is too.”

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