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Robbie Willmott chats to Saddlers Shout

26 January 2023

The latest edition of Saddlers Shout will be available at Saturday's match against Leicester City.

Supporters can pick up a copy around the ground, at the Club Shop or a the Ticket Office on matchday. 

January recruit Robbie Willmott sat down for an exclusive interview in Saddlers Shout. 

Here is a snippet of our chat with the mdifelder. 

Robbie, thanks for joining us. How have you found life at Walsall so far after joining us earlier in the window?

“It’s been a really easy process. I’ve known Hats (Wayne Hatswell) and the gaffer for many years so that makes it a lot easier to come in when you know the manager and the assistant. The boys have been brilliant, they’re a great set of lads, great attitude amongst them all and they’ve made it really easy for me to settle in so it’s been a very easy process.”

You’ve had a couple of substitute appearances so far, making your debut against Stockport County and you made an impact that day. How do you reflect on your Walsall debut?

“It was good, it was nice to get back playing. Obviously my first game was away at Stockport and there were 1400 travelling fans so to make my debut with that sort of away following was brilliant. I had a good impact and like I said when I first signed, I like to take pride in my crossing and my set plays so it was nice to show what I could do in a short amount of time.”

Having done well in your first two appearances from the bench, how frustrating was it for you to have two games called off?

“Because I’ve been out for so long not playing, you get hungry for football and making those two appearances, I just want to keep playing, keep adding minutes to what I’m doing. Also, the momentum that the team has got going at the minute, it slows us down a little bit but the Leicester game is a nice distraction away from the league and it will be a great game.”

Let’s talk about Saturday’s match. Firstly, how excited are you and the lads for this one?

“We’re all excited, we’re all buzzing. It’s not every day you get to play against a Premier League side, especially one that’s won the Premier League. They’ve got some fantastic players so it will be nice to go up against them but we’re all really looking forward to it. It will be my first game at the home ground, in front of the home fans so it will be a great game. It’s a sell out so for me it’s a bonus to play in a sell out in my first home game if I do get selected so it’s a fantastic occasion to come in to.”

You will know what it’s like to cause a shock as you were part of the Newport team that beat today’s opposition 2-1 back in 2019. What are your recollections of that occasion?

“It was a great year for us in the cup. My recollection is we just stayed in the game, we built from a solid foundation and built our way into the game. We went 1-0 up and then it went 1-1 but we didn’t let our heads drop, we showed a great attitude that day and we managed to find a way to get the winner and that kicked us on so it’s trying like I said, it’s trying to build your way in, probably going every sort of half an hour, if you can stay within the game then you’ve given yourself every opportunity.”

Pick up a copy of Saddlers Shout for just £4 at Saturday's match to read the full interview with Robbie. 

Here is Saturday's cover: 

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