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Mat Sadler thanks Saddlers fans for fantastic away support during 2022/23 campaign

2 May 2023

Club News

Mat Sadler thanks Saddlers fans for fantastic away support during 2022/23 campaign

2 May 2023

Walsall interim Head Coach Mat Sadler has expressed his gratitude to Saddlers fans for their fantastic support on the road during the 2022/23 season.

The Saddlers ended their travels for the campaign with a goalless draw at Crawley Town where 281 supporters made the long journey down to West Sussex.

Sadler was keen to thank all fans who have travelled in large numbers up and down the country all year.

“The travelling support this season has been unwavering in their devotion to the football club,” he said.

“Their desire to be positive for what’s going out on the pitch, they’ve been a breath of fresh air and they’ve been there for us and they were again, (on Saturday) in what was a different circumstance with them fighting for their lives and trying to stay up. Hartlepool have won so it was a point they were desperate for.

“The travelling support has been unwavering with their support in us and I’d like to thank them for that.”

Walsall came away with a point from the Broadfield Stadium but did so with a number of absentees while also picking up a couple of injuries during the game.

Sadler was pleased with how the team acquitted themselves and explained why striker Jamille Matt had to pull out of the squad at the 11th hour, despite making the trip with the team.

“Jamma wasn’t well overnight,” Sadler explained.

“He would have been captain, he’s a leader of men. He was feeling really poorly and he had a really rough night so it was unfortunate to lose Jamma.

“Owen has played every minute of every game this season so a bit gutted for him in the way he’s had to come off and hurt his calf.

“Hayden pulled out, he was feeling his groin a bit as well but the important things for me off the back of that, Jackson Smith – who has been absolutely fantastic since he’s come to the football club.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air in terms of his attitude and it’s been part of my thoughts where I would have loved to give him a game at some point in a different circumstance because I wouldn’t want Owen to be injured. Of course, I wanted Owen to have played every minute of every game because he’s earned that and deserved that with how he’s played.

“Jackson comes in and I thought he did superbly well. He can use both feet, holds on to it well and he’s a good prospect, really good kid.

“I go on to Oisin (McEntee) and it was an interesting one for Oisin because it was the first time he started in that midfield area and it was probably different pictures and a different mentality in starting in there but I thought he acquitted himself well again as the game went on and he gives us another option in there.

“It’s few and far between in the division in what he can do in that position, Brandon Comley the same, he grew into the game and did really well.

“Matty Stevens didn’t think he was starting but then he comes on and puts a right shift in for a 90-minute game so plenty of positives.

“You could tell they were desperate to do well, desperate to nick a win if they could and I’m really pleased with their attitude, as I was last week.”

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