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Pre-match: Mat Sadler impressed with support levels ahead of Morecambe trip

3 August 2023

Club News

Pre-match: Mat Sadler impressed with support levels ahead of Morecambe trip

3 August 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler is not surprised to see that there will a huge army of Saddlers fans travelling to Morecambe on Saturday.

Around 1,300 tickets have been sold so far for the trip to Lancashire as the 2023/24 campaign is set to get underway.

Sadler stressed how powerful having such a good backing aswell as a united front can be as his team look to get off to a positive start and he is impressed with the level of support that is coming the team’s way.

“It’s top drawer for this game, the next three or four games and the season ticket sales as well – brilliant,” Sadler said.

“Does it surprise me? No, because we’ve got unbelievable supporters at the football club that are resolute and unwavering in their support.

“I’m desperate to give them stuff to cheer about and get behind and as I’ve said a few times, some magical moments for them to go home happy with as the season progresses.

“Firstly, thank you. Secondly, stay with us, be together with us, drag us through when you’ll need us to drag us through and I mean it, you’ll drag us through some tough times.

“Trust me, the impact you can have is monumental so please stay with us, stay positive with us, be together with us and let’s see how powerful we can make that - players, staff, supporters and football club united.”

Morecambe, who are back in League Two after playing in League One over the past two seasons, will provide Walsall with a difficult challenge at the Mazuma Stadium.

Sadler will also go head-to-head with Derek Adams who has won promotion twice out of the division and is one of the most experienced managers in the league.

“I don’t know the stats on this but you’ll have to go a long way to find a manager who has had more games as a manager than Derek,” Sadler commented.

“He knows how to win at the level, he knows how to put a team together, he’s just been at a higher level and as I say, there’s no one that knows how to get results and do well in this division, statistically I’m sure he must be right at the top of it, than Derek.

“It will be a tough game in front of their fans but with the number of supporters we’ve got going there on Saturday will be a massive bonus to us and the players will feed off the energy that they give to them.

“I remain with that same sentiment, be together with us because there will be tough times on Saturday, there always is when you go away to a place like that against an experienced manager that is going to offer difficult things that you’ve got to overcome so it will be a really tough game, I’m under no illusions about that.”

Sadler will have a strong squad to choose from as he ponders his first competitive starting XI as permanent Head Coach.

Douglas James-Taylor was seen training at Tuesday’s open training session, as was Danny Johnson.

Rollin Menayese was also out on the grass as he takes the next steps in his rehabilitation however; Tom Knowles wasn’t involved in the open training session having sat out of the final pre-season friendly but Sadler revealed there was some promising news regarding our no.10.

“We got some really positive news on the back of Tom’s injury in that it wasn’t as bad as we thought it could be,” he said.

“We’re keeping the reins on Tom a little bit because he’s absolutely desperate to do what he does. He’s all action, super hero so he’s desperate to be involved but myself and the medical team are just pulling the reins on him and if we throw him out there now, it could turn into something that keeps him out for a much longer time so we just need to be careful on that and manage him through, which we will, and we’ll do that with the best interests of Tom and us at heart.

“We’re in good fettle, DJ is back with us after a bit of an unsettled week for him but there’s positives off the back of that, great news for him that mother and child are back home together safe and sound so there’s that warm feeling around Danny that hopefully everything is okay that end.

“For Rollin, it’s great that we’re starting to up his workload now. He’s had a really tough injury that he sustained while he was out at Hartlepool so we’re having to manage him carefully.

“It was great to see him out on the pitch so he will go away and we’ll see how he’s reacted to that. There is a lot going on in his leg that his body is readjusting to. There’s still a road ahead for him but he’s left a long road behind him.”

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