Jon Guthrie: Walsall Working Hard to Improve Defensive Solidity

Saddlers defender Jon Guthrie has spoken to the press ahead of this afternoon's League One clash with Rochdale, and admitted that the in-form Reds should've kept a clean sheet in at least one of their recent outings.
Dean Keates' side remain undefeated in all competitions so far this season, but despite being much harder to break down, have been unable to keep their sheet clean, with the last two goals against coming late in the game when victory had already been all-but secured.

26-year-old Guthrie, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "We should have got a clean sheet against Gillingham and probably should have got one against Wimbledon as well. You could see after Gillingham how much it means to us. It was a weird feeling after the game. The changing room was a bit quieter than it normally is after a win. It was in our head we conceded so late on.

"We are working so hard to get it but we just aren’t doing that final bit at the minute. Now the plan is to get one at Rochdale. As long as the wins keep coming we are happy. But obviously as defenders a clean sheet is our bread and butter."

The defender, who has made fifty-seven Saddlers appearances since joining the club from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2017, says there are many reasons why the Saddlers have looked stronger defensively this season.

He continued; "A lot of it is down to the hard work we have done in pre-season. And it’s attitude, it’s not just about us at the back – it’s a shift from the entire team. You can see the blocks that are coming in from the wingers, the midfielders are working hard.

"It’s down to hard-work, attitude and also being more vocal. Communication is something the gaffer and his staff have really installed in us. They’ve spoken about how the game can become easier with communication."
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