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Sadler praises united club after Colchester victory

4 September 2023

Club News

Sadler praises united club after Colchester victory

4 September 2023

Walsall Head Coach felt the togetherness of the club during Saturday’s victory over Colchester United.

Isaac Hutchinson’s howitzer was enough to earn the Saddlers all three points and maintain their unbeaten home league record so far this season.

Sadler felt it was a real collective effort from players, staff and fans alike to drive the team to victory while he thought the result couldn’t have been more comprehensive, there were plenty of positives to build on.

“We had plenty of chances, plenty of territorial dominance and some really good play from our outside centre halves,” he said.

“I thought Taylor Allen was tremendous with some of the delivery with his left foot and we’d highlighted that. The one where Jamma gets in between their left sided centre half and the left wing-back was something we spoke about all week as an area to exploit and Taylor just puts the ball on a sixpence with that lovely left foot of his and we were unlucky there.

“There were a few others where we’ve got behind them and we spoke about it at half time, it’s that final ball, that final bit of ice in your veins because we got behind them numerous times and we looked a threat.

“On the flip side of that, I thought our back lads were tremendous, we’ve really missed Priestley (Farquharson) and you could see why. Hopefully now another week on the training pitch with Priestley to get him to that stage where he’s not feeling that at 80 minutes but that was always what was going to happen, that’s always the risk but that’s why Dave’s (Okagbue) come in.

"It’s never a great scenario for any defender when you’re sat on the bench thinking ‘right I’m coming on we’re 1-0 up’ but he went and headed it and blocked it when he needed to so from 1 to 11, plus the subs, plus the ones who weren’t playing, I thought we were a proper team.

“The fans drove us on, especially in the second half when we were kicking towards our end. They really got behind us in tough conditions for the fans because it was red hot, especially when the sun is beaming down on that stand and I thought everyone was united, it was a fantastic team performance.”

Hutchinson notched up his seventh of the season and his 10th in Walsall colours on Saturday.

Sadler praised the 23-year-old for his energetic performance and is now keen to see him score more super goals.  

“Isaac’s got that in abundance,” he commented.

“We just want to see more and more of it because he’s got it. What I loved about Isaac’s performance is when everyone on the pitch is, rightly, tired because the sun has beamed down on them for a long part of that game, he seems to keep going, the engine on the kid is unbelievable.”

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