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Dean Keates Keen to Remain Focused as 'Nothing is Won in August or September'

Walsall manager Dean Keates, who has seen his side remain undefeated in all competitions so far this season, has spoken to the press ahead of this evening's League One clash with AFC Wimbledon and insisted that nothing has been achieved yet, urging his squad to remain focused as they get set to take on the Dons.
The Saddlers have remained undefeated in the league and also progressed to the second stage of the Carabao Cup so far this month, and, along with their good form, have earned plaudits for their positive, attacking style of play which has bought the best out of summer signings Josh Ginnelly, Zeli Ismail and Morgan Ferrier

The gaffer, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I’ve been fortunate enough to achieve a few things in the game and I don’t think anybody has ever got promoted in August or September. It’s very early days. We’ve picked up some good results and there have been some decent performances.

"But we’ve now got a massive game at Wimbledon, it’s going to be a very tough game. We need to go there and give a good account of ourselves. We’re in a good place at the moment but the important thing is to keep moving forward."

Dean then went on to urge his less-frequently selected players to continue to push for places, and admitted that those who are yet to play much of a part need to use their disappointment as fuel to fight for a place in the side, he continued; "I’ve said to the lads, if you are not in the 18 be disappointed. But be ready and keeping pushing those players who have got the tops at the moment. It’s the same with the subs. If you get an opportunity on that pitch you have to put yourself about and go and enjoy it. We have got players who are chomping at the bit to get into the team."
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