Dean Keates: "It's Still in Our Hands"

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the press following last weekend's defeat to Scunthorpe United and has challenged his players to win two of their last three games if they want to stay in League One.
The Saddlers are now one-point above the relegation zone and with just three games remaining are in desperate need of points and, with Oldham Athletic and Rochdale in action tomorrow, could find themselves in the bottom four before they return to action against Northampton Town next weekend.

Walsall-born Keates, who was speaking via the Express & Star, insisted that he takes some comfort from the fact that the Saddlers still control their own destiny, he said; "The comfort we take is that it is still in our hands – we can control it. But we are running out of games and teams around us are picking up points.

"We have got to pick up a win. And out of the next three games I think we have to look at picking up two wins to make sure we stay in League One. Two wins would take us to 54 points and you’d think that would be enough to keep us up.

"Scunthorpe was a hard one to take because I think a draw was a fair result. But when you are in the play-offs, things go for you. But apart from the moment we switched off, I don’t think they ever looked likely to score.

"We looked organised, we looked to frustrate them for long periods of the game and I think we did. We did well at times. But we cannot switch off and that is why we are where we are. It’s consistency. But to get consistency in your performances you have to do the right things and make the right decisions."

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