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Sadler provides injury update following Wimbledon defeat

25 September 2023

Club News

Sadler provides injury update following Wimbledon defeat

25 September 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler has provided an early injury update following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Defender Priestley Farquharson and defensive midfielder Oisin McEntee were both forced off with injuries while David Okagbue was also missing from the matchday squad.

Sadler confirmed Okagbue has picked up an injury in training.

He admitted it was too early to give an indication on Farquharson’s condition but was more hopeful on McEntee.

“Priestley, there’s a bit of worry around that so we’ve got see what’s going on there,” Sadler said.

“He’ll be scanned early this week and we’ll get a clearer picture so we’ll see on that, there’s no point guessing on that because we don’t know.

“Oisin, hopefully not too bad and David is probably out for another 2-4 weeks, he’s took a bang on the ankle but that’s why we’ve got a squad, we’ve got to readjust.

“There will certainly be no one feeling sorry for themselves in our squad and that’s the way we have to approach it, put the team out, be ready and prepared to win the next game.”

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Saddlers who had to battle with 10-men for the majority of the match after Taylor Allen’s first half red card.

Sadler insists the team will learn from Saturday’s events but bemoaned the way his side started the match.

“I can’t escape from the fact we didn’t start well enough, that’s ultimately what cost us going behind in that first instance,” he commented.

“In terms of mentality changes, we’ve been on the right side of it, we’ve also fallen on the other side of things so we have to remain focused, concentrating, ready for what the next thing is, ready to stop crosses going into the penalty area and not relax because we’ve got back into the game but that’s stuff I’m sure the group will work tirelessly on and will work hard on.

“They’re hurting more than anyone because they’ve had to hurt for 70 minutes there without the ball and nothing wants to make you avoid those situations more than the pain that you go through when you have to feel them so there’s a lot to be learnt from the afternoon, mostly for me is the way we started the game, we have to be better prepared for that and we have to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb.”  

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