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Sadler pleased to be ending the season in front of home fans

5 May 2023

Club News

Sadler pleased to be ending the season in front of home fans

5 May 2023

Walsall interim Head Coach Mat Sadler is pleased to have the opportunity to end the season at home and is keen to end on a winning note.

The Saddlers will conclude the Sky Bet League Two campaign at home to Doncaster Rovers on Monday, 12.30pm kick-off, with a bumper crowd expected thanks to the Fiver Finale ticket initiative.

Sadler is focused on trying to end the season on a positive note but is looking forward to the match and playing in front of a good home crowd.

“It will be great, I know the Club have got an incentive on and I’d urge as many people as possible to come down to the game,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our home fans at the end of it and I’m really looking forward to it, the players are looking forward to it.

“It’s a good thing to finish your season at home and we’re all desperate to finish the season strongly at home and give everyone a big lift going into the off season.

“We’re not going to hide or shy away from the fact the season hasn’t been how we’ve wanted it to be. It goes without saying, there’s not point ignoring that fact but what I always go back to is – what’s next? What’s next for us is to try and lay a marker down for next season, what’s next for us is trying to end the season positively and what’s next for us is giving absolutely everything we possibly can on Monday.”

Monday’s opponents Doncaster Rovers are just a place above the Saddlers in 16th and Sadler’s men can leap above them with a victory.

The interim boss senses that Danny Schofield’s side will be disappointed with how their season has panned out, similarly to his team. He’s expecting a tricky contest against a team who will arrive at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on the back of their first victory in nine league outings last weekend. 

“They won their last game. They’ve been going through a sticky run as well before that game so they will be pleased to have ended that run against a decent Colchester team from watching the game back,” Sadler commented.

“Danny’s got them playing a way that he wants them to play. He wants them to pass when they possibly can, he wants his centre backs to step in when they can, he’s got some real athleticism in wide areas, a front man who works his socks off and two good 10s that play in good spaces so he’s got them playing the way he wants them to play and they’re a decent team.

“One I think he would say and everyone at the football club would have wanted to have been in a higher position, like ourselves and they finished the season strongly at home last week so it’s down to us to now to want to finish the season well for us.”

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