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Sadler: Players prepared for busy month ahead

2 October 2023

Club News

Sadler: Players prepared for busy month ahead

2 October 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler insists his team are ready and prepared for the quick turnaround of fixtures as attention turns to tomorrow's clash with Milton Keynes Dons.

The Saddlers have seven matches ahead of them in October, with three midweek encounters to come.

The team will be looking to kick on after a fantastic 3-1 victory over Bradford City at the weekend and Sadler insists the players will be ready and well prepared to tackle Tuesday’s game against MK Dons.  

“We’ve spoke about how it’s been Saturday-Saturday for a few weeks so we’ve worked them hard on those Tuesdays to make sure when the Saturday-Tuesdays come back that they’re ready and prepared for that,” Sadler explained.

“It’s important that the few bruises and bumps come together, get that time to relax and we get ready to go again on what’s going to be another really tough evening as we all know.

“MK Dons are a good team in the division, they’ve got some really good players and they’ve got players that can hurt every team in the division so we have to recover, we have to rest and we have to decide what the best team to go and play that game will be.”

The Saddlers will be buoyed from Saturday’s impressive performance against the Bantams.

Sadler pinpointed the togetherness the team showed, prior and during the game, as a key factor to the victory but he was delighted with what he felt was a perfect away performance.

“We were excellent in all aspects of our game,” he said.

“The goal that they scored, I thought it was outside the penalty area (the tackle), I was frustrated that we were countered on from our own free-kick and we told them about that at half time.

“Firstly, the reaction to going behind was brilliant and to put our noses in front at the end of the first half, the way we countered was great.

“There isn’t going to be a game where it’s all one-way traffic for yourselves but I thought that was the perfect away performance from us. I could probably go through every player, I thought they were fantastic as a team.

“I knew we would win (on Saturday) from the moment where we made sure we came out together, there was a thing with something that Owen was wearing so we had to change it but they didn’t go out and leave him on his own, they stuck together with it and that’s everything I’m about so I knew from that moment we were going to win the game and they did it.

“They showed that resilience to go behind away from home to what was not the right decision, it should have been a free-kick and I thought the second half performance was as comprehensive as you could have, especially when you’re a goal up at half time, so it was fantastic.

“We’ve got some sore bodies that we need to rest up, recover and get ready again for Tuesday.”

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