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Evans: Saddlers determined to improve performances

26 September 2023

Club News

Evans: Saddlers determined to improve performances

26 September 2023

Walsall goalkeeper Owen Evans has called on the players to tackle this week and Saturday’s game against Bradford City with a positive mindset.

The Saddlers will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats and improve on their most recent display against AFC Wimbledon.

Evans is determined to give supporters a better performance and admitted the team needs to stand up and be counted.  

“We’ve got to be honest with ourselves,” Evans said.

“We’ve got to look at each other and make sure we look at it properly and come in with a positive mindset, have a good week’s training and make sure we look forward to next week in order to put it right.

“I think the fans deserve a better performance than that. We did have a good week’s training but it wasn’t right on the day so we have to make sure we do it right this week.”

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon was hugely frustrating for the team although one bright spark was Evans’ penalty save that gave the Saddlers the platform to go and equalise.

The 26-year-old stopper praised the work he does with the coaching staff behind the scenes which prepared him for that scenario.

“Watto (Dan Watson) and Lewis’ (Needham) preparation for us makes it a lot easier,” he explained.

“We go into our Friday meeting and it’s all laid out for Jacko (Jackson Smith) and I and we all talk about it and look at possibilities so on the day, hopefully we dive the right way.

"It gave us a lift for five minutes and we gave ourselves that little leg up, that bit of hope with a goal from Freddie, as he does.

“It’s just unfortunate that it’s deflected for the second goal which is annoying because all the lads put their bodies on the line but it’s just deflected and gone in. Even at 2-1, we know how much added time gets put on these days so we’re always in with a chance to get a draw at least or nick a winner. It was a crazy five minutes and, on another day, it could have gone better for us.”

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