Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Riley calls for Saddlers to be fired up for battle

14 March 2023

Walsall midfielder Joe Riley is expecting a different kind of challenge from Swindon Town this evening but insists the team must be up for the fight.

The Saddlers will be looking improve on Saturday’s performance against Stevenage as they prepare to face the Robins for the third time this season.

Riley has called on the players to rise up to the task but is anticipating a different style from Swindon to the one they came up against at Stevenage.

“Tuesday might be a different type of game,” he said.

“First of all, you want to win the fight, something we should have been better at on Saturday.

“They will probably look to play a little bit more which could suit us depending on how we set up.

“It’s a little bit of a different scenario, we might be able to get the ball down and play a bit more but again, first and foremost, we need to be winning that fight.

“They lost (at the weekend) which is a similar situation to ourselves, both teams are going to be ready to fight it out and scrap it out. 

“I’m sure everyone will prepare correctly and we will be up for it. Hopefully we can come and get three points at our place in front of our home fans.”

Riley was introduced as a half-time substitute at the Lamex Stadium for what was just his second appearance of the season after spending the majority of the campaign on the sidelines.

The 26-year-old is pleased to get 45 minutes under his belt but is more focused on helping the team improve.

“It’s easy to say that and of course, I’m delighted to get 45 minutes and a little bit of extra fitness,” he commented.

“I feel I’m getting back to it now; it will be nice to get a run of games to get myself feeling better and get my touch but it’s more about the team.

“We need to improve; we need to step up to the plate now. We’re an honest group of lads, we need to dig in as a team, stick together, listen to what the gaffer and the staff have to say and keep fighting for this club.”

Watch more:


Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match