Whitney Rejects the Chance to Postpone Pilgrims Clash

Jon Whitney explains his decision to play next weekend's League One clash with Plymouth Argyle despite having several players called-up for international duty.
Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed his decision not to have next weekend's League One clash with Plymouth Argyle postponed despite having several players called up for international duty.

The Saddlers will be without recent loan arrivals Tyler Roberts, who has been named in the Wales Under-21s squad for their games against Switzerland and Portugal, and Shaun Donnellan, who along with Liam Kinsella has been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad for their clash with Azerbaijan.

Young left-back Callum Cockerill-Mollett has been selected in a Republic of Ireland Under-19s squad and midfielder Maziar Kouhyar is part of the Afghanistan squad that faces Oman tomorrow.

But Whitney is keen to keep the Saddlers' recent momentum going and believes having a weekend off wouldn't be beneficial at this stage of the campaign.

Jon, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I want it on – I want momentum. We will be missing a few players but that is what the squad is for. It’s an opportunity for someone else to take their chance.

"I want the game on. We've got a lot of young players with incredible talent and it's a great experience for them to go away with their national sides. But last year I felt, some of the times we had the international breaks, – it stopped our rhythm.

"We have built some momentum over the last three games. Confidence is high. There is a positivity around the place. I think we can go forward with this momentum. We want to take that into Plymouth and hopefully get some more points."

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