Jack Fitzwater: Walsall Have the Quality to Move Away From Danger

Walsall's on-loan West Brom defender Jack Fitzwater has spoken ahead of Saturday's League One six-pointer with AFC Wimbledon, and acknowledged that the match is a big one if the Saddlers are to secure a place in the third tier of English football.
Jack, who bagged the second goal of his loan spell during the midweek draw with Oldham Athletic, insisted that if the Saddlers continue to take points from the sides below them then they'll be able to move further away from the drop zone

Speaking via the Express & Star, Jack, who has made eleven Saddlers appearances since joining the club earlier in the season, said; "We know if we keep taking points off the teams below us we will be OK. The boys have not really thought about relegation because we knew, as a team, we have quality when we need it. If we can grind out results it’s good.

"We have to head into Saturday now, treating it as a six-pointer. We know if we win that game it puts a bit more daylight between us and the teams below."

The 20-year-old then went on to praise recently-appointed manager Dean Keates as the club legend continues to shape the side into a stronger defensive unit, he continued; "The manager just wants us to work hard. He has told us to be compact, try and force everything out wide. We know we are going to have to defend crosses. We know we are going to have to defend long balls. But that’s what we get paid for.

"I think we showed that at Oldham. Head it when you have to head it, clear it when you have to clear it. He knows where we want to be. It was the kind of night when everyone has to stand up. It was a massive result. We are away from home and knew it would be tough.

"A point is a point. We weren’t at our best but we dug deep and everyone to a man was brilliant. It was a point gained rather than a point lost. I might have over-celebrated the goal. But I don’t score too many!"

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