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Daniels: Saddlers will learn and improve

19 September 2023

Club News

Daniels: Saddlers will learn and improve

19 September 2023

Walsall captain Donervon Daniels believes the team will learn and grow stronger as they prepare to face AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

The Saddlers will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Swindon Town.

Mat Sadler’s men had to battle with 10-men in the second half after Tom Knowles received a second yellow card. Swindon capitalised when Liam Gordon’s under hit pass was collected by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy who then scored the decisive second goal. 

Daniels believes the team will come back stronger after Saturday’s events and he has offered a supportive arm around his teammates as they strive to bounce back from difficult moments they had at the weekend. 

“We spoke about it and those boys know I love them,” he said.

“Knowlesy, that’s a learning opportunity for him even though I thought it was a bit soft but you get booked for everything nowadays.

“Also, not jumping in to that second challenge but he will learn from it and we’ll debrief it in the week.

“Gords, he knows, just take the corner and don’t pass it back in there and put ourselves under pressure but we love them and we’re going to learn from it.

“I don’t think that's going to define our season, these are moments that we can learn from, improve on and become stronger from.”

The Saddlers are back at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday as AFC Wimbledon, who are unbeaten away from home so far this season, head to WS1.

Daniels is keen to build on what’s been a positive start at home so far but is anticipating a tricky contest.

“It’s going to be a tough one but we’re at home and we’re going to have our home support,” he said.

“We can’t get too bunged up about losing (on Saturday) on the road. Going into next weekend we have to remember how resilient we are and how good we are at doing the right things.

“We have our home support with us and we’ve been excellent at home in my opinion so far this season.”

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