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Mat Sadler full of praise for defensive unit following goalless draw with MK Dons

4 October 2023

Saddlers Head Coach Mat Sadler was full of praise for goalkeeper Owen Evans following Tuesday night’s goalless draw with MK Dons at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The 26-year-old keeper kept his second clean sheet of the 2023/24 Sky Bet League Two campaign after putting in a fine display against MK Dons, with a number of important saves made throughout the evening to deny Ellis Harrison on a three different occasions.

Head Coach Sadler was keen to praise the Welshman for his fine individual display as well as highlighting those in front of him.

“Owen doing Owen things, that’s what he does,” began Sadler. “He made some great saves for us, so for him, brilliant. I thought his distribution was brilliant as well.

“I think there was some really good defending in front of that too. Barring that opening 15 minutes where we didn’t quite come to terms with the way that they played and how we would press against that.

“It was good for me because I was able to get the information out on this side closest to me but we weren’t able to get it onto the far side.

“I think as we grew into it and we got used to that, we saw what that was all about, we grew into the game and then it became a bit of a ding-dong and either team could have won the football match so it was probably a good result to finish 0-0.

“I think Joe Riley’s one-v-one defending has been brilliant.

“Joe feels at home in that right back slot, he has told me that a few times, I think it is where he played a lot of his football as a youth team player so he definitely feels at home in that slot. He gives us that little bit of composure with the ball as well.”

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