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Pre-match: Sadler excited to return to league action

24 November 2023

Club News

Pre-match: Sadler excited to return to league action

24 November 2023

Walsall head coach Mat Sadler is looking forward to getting back into league action at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday after last weekend’s game was postponed due to international call ups.

The Saddlers will host Forest Green Rovers in front of a large crowd this weekend due to the school partners initiative which has already led to an extra 1,674 tickets being sold.

Firstly though, Sadler is excited to have the international trio of Donervon Daniels, Brandon Comley and Liam Gordon back after their overseas adventures.

“They have had a fantastic time but in terms of results they have done really well,” Sadler stated.

“It is a brilliant experience for all three of them and it will be an emotional time for them when they go back to their home countries and play for loads of different reasons. Of course, I am delighted they are back in the building now and back with us and I have said it before that we should be really proud of them.

“Donervon was captain as well, he goes into that group and leads like he does for us. He is an asset for his country as he is for us. To score the goal, I’m sure that was such a proud moment for him and his family, and I am buzzing for him for that.”

Although Forest Green Rovers are currently sat in the relegation zone, Sadler is wary that this will still be a tough game no matter the circumstances beforehand.

“They have suffered really heavily through injury; we were speaking to their manager after the game in the EFL Trophy and he outlined how severe his injury list has been and I am sure they are trying to get those players back. Once they do they have a really good team in this division, and we know that so it will be the same as every League Two game,” Sadler explained.

“We’ve got to be on top of it, we’ve got to ride the tough moments, give our all in the good moments and that’s the way it will be. I said in my programme notes that it is going to be blood and thunder game, two teams desperate to win.”

Sadler will be even more desperate to win on Saturday to send the large proportion of young fans attending home with a smile written across their faces.

“You want to win your home games but there will be an opposition that will be trying to do exactly the opposite to what we are wanting to do,” Sadler commented.

“It will certainly be a tough game and it will be one we need the supporters with us throughout the whole of it. We need them really behind the group, really behind us. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it again, how powerful this football club and the stadium is and this supporter base is when we are all together, going in the same direction.

“For those 95 to 100 minutes we are just doing everything we possibly can to get the victory and that’s what we will be doing. We are looking forward to the supporters being right behind us together.

“Going back to sending everyone home happy, the regulars, the new ones, the younger ones, the older ones, everyone just going home happy, that’s what we are all focused on.”


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