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Dean Keates Expecting Oldham to Provide a Tough Test

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to club journalists ahead of this evening's League One six-pointer with Oldham Athletic and offered an update on his squad's fitness as he seeks to guide the Saddlers further away from the relegation zone.
The manager, who will be without vice-captain Joe Edwards (knee) and on-loan Arsenal defender Krystian Bielik (hamstring), has an otherwise fully-fit squad to select from and is expecting the Latics to provide a tough test as both sides look to secure three crucial points.

Dean, speaking via the club's official website - Saddlers.co.uk, said; "Everybody’s fine and we’ve got a full bill of health. Flo and Justin haven’t played too much so it’s just a case of fatigue kicking in. It was all precautionary. Oldham try to play, so it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got some decent players - it’s going to be a difficult one for us.

"We’re in a batch of games now where we need to pick up points, but they’ll be looking at us thinking that if they can beat us they’ll be level. It’s two teams who don’t want to lose the game and it might be a little bit edgy, but we’ll go out there and hopefully give a good account of ourselves, and come back with some points.

"We possibly deserved (the win against Bury) overall - first half we looked the more capable and in the second Bury had it swing in their favour. But the lads kept on and showed the right desire. It wasn’t about the performance, it was about points. We’ve put it to bed, looked at it and we’re now getting ready for Oldham."

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