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Dean Keates: "We Need to Stop the Rot"

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken ahead of this weekend's clash with bottom-of-the-table Bury and admitted that the match is a massive one if the Saddlers are to secure their place in League One.
With the Saddlers heading into this match just two points above the drop zone while enduring a four game losing streak, the stakes are high if Keates' team are to ultimately remain in the third tier of the English football pyramid.

Dean, who was speaking via the club's official website - Saddlers.co.uk, admitted that the club is in a bad position but insisted that their destiny is still in their hands, he said; "Bury is massive. It’s not just this game, all games are massive for us now going into the run-in.

"It’s in our hands so we are accountable. All we can do is worry about ourselves and pick up the points we need. We’ve not won in four so we need to pick up some points – we need to stop the rot. There is going to be pressure on us because we need to win. It’s a must not lose game.

"The pressure is what it is. You can only protect the players so much – they have to deal with it. When they cross that white line, you have to put trust into the players to go out and make the right decisions.

"We’re expecting a difficult game. They’re having a few troubles themselves and they need to pick up some points to give them any kind of chance of getting out of the relegation places."

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