Keates Set to Ring the Changes for This Evening's Trophy Clash Keates Set to Ring the Changes for This Evening's Trophy Clash
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Keates Set to Ring the Changes for This Evening's Trophy Clash

Walsall manager Dean Keates has confirmed that he will be rotating his team for this evening's Checkatrade Trophy - Northern Group E clash with Burton Albion as he seeks to rest the core of his squad following a hectic opening few weeks.
The manager, who has already seen his side reach the Second Round of the Carabao Cup and go undefeated in Sky Bet League One, expects Burton and the other sides also taking part in this evening's matches to explore their options with many fringe players chomping at the bit to get involved.

The Saddlers played eight competitive matches during the opening month of the campaign and showed signs of fatigue during last weekend's draw with Blackpool, giving the gaffer a few things to consider heading into this evenings clash with Nigel Clough's side.

Speaking via the club's official website - - Dean said; "I don’t think it’s just us, I think everybody will. There are a few lads who are chomping at the bit to get an opportunity and it’s something we can look at. I’ll try to balance a few minutes out and get a few lads out there.

"We need to make sure that if we have a drop in performance, or don’t go on the best of runs, there are people who are ready to come straight in."

Despite hinting at changes in matchday personnel, the gaffer is keen to make the most of the ever-controversial competition and is determined to go far – with the hope of reaching the final at Wembley Stadium later in the compaign.

Dean continued;"We want to win every single football match. I’m confident in the squad that whatever team we put out will be competitive and do their best to win the game.

"The end result is massive and it’s an opportunity for players to play at Wembley. I’ve been fortunate to play there – probably in the non-league equivalent, the FA Trophy.

"It gives you an opportunity to play there that you don’t always get when you’re in cups with Championship and Premier League teams."
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