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Mat Sadler provides injury update following Wrexham defeat

16 August 2023

Club News

Mat Sadler provides injury update following Wrexham defeat

16 August 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler provided the latest on the players who have been missing through injury.

Priestley Farquharson, Tom Knowles and Brandon Comley all missed the 4-2 defeat to Wrexham on Tuesday night.

Sadler revealed the extent of Comley's injury and gave an indication as to when all three players are likely to return.

“Knowlesy, similar sort of thing, he’s probably a couple of weeks away,” Sadler confirmed.

“Priestley, unfortunately, he’s a couple of weeks away. It hasn’t quite come together for Priestley as we hoped that it would so he’s a little bit longer than we thought but probably a similar sort of timeframe to Tom.

“Coms has got a tear in his ankle, so he’s six to eight weeks with it but that’s part and parcel of it.

“We’ve got a squad, we’re disappointed that they’re not involved, we look forward to having them back but the next person has to do their job, which we will and we’ll learn and we’ll learn together, that’s the only way to get through any period where you concede goals and go into the next game where you want to win it, you can only do it together and we will look to rectify Tuesday’s result on Saturday.

“I think we’ve got a really good squad. I’m happy with the squad that we’ve assembled, with the knowledge that you know you’re going to get injuries. We’re playing longer games now so the squad is going to be tested, for certain, but I wouldn’t suggest Thomas and Priestley are longer term, they’re just a little bit longer than we’d hoped, they’re only a couple of weeks away.

“We’re learning from each other all the time; relationships don’t form overnight and we’re gaining experience together.

“I’m very happy with the squad we’ve put together and I’m looking forward to us all being fit.”

It was a frustrating evening in Wales for the Saddlers, despite creating a good number of chances.

Sadler admitted his team must cut out mistakes heading into this weekend’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.

"I think at times we showed a little bit of naivety with the goals,” he commented.

“The second one is a massive mistake, the third one is a foul on Donervon (Daniels) on the far side so that takes our momentum away a little bit and then the fourth one we’re chasing the game but again, a mistake on that one so frustrating that the mistakes were there.

“We have to eliminate the mistakes and we certainly have to do that away from home because you give yourself no chance of winning a game when you concede four goals.

“In and around all that, we created some good chances, we looked threatening at times and there was a big moment with Stirky (Ryan Stirk) when it hits the post, comes out and we don’t quite finish it off which can obviously change the game and the moment when Donervon gets blatantly fouled and we don’t get that so we fall on the wrong side of that.

“In the moments that counted in the game, they were decisive and more decisive than we were so that’s the biggest frustration for me because when you come to any away ground in the division you have to stand up, be counted, be strong, be resilient and we fell just the other side of that.”

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