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Dean Keates Calls on the Saddlers to Be More Ruthless In Front of Goal

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to club journalists ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Bristol Rovers, and, after securing just four goals in their last six games, has called upon his side to be more ruthless in front of goal.

Walsall-born Keates, who saw his side play out a goalless draw with near-rivals Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening, admitted that he was pleased to keep an all-too-rare clean sheet but disappointed as his side failed to capitalise on the raft of goal-scoring opportunities as the spoils were shared.

Speaking via the club's official website - - Dean said; "It was pleasing that we managed to keep a clean sheet against Shrewsbury but we were disappointed that we didn’t manage to take all three points.

"Looking back on it, we created a lot of opportunities, but we just weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal. We were disappointed but we will take the clean sheet.

"The lads have looked back at it in the debrief and we will have to learn from it. If you look at the last few games, a player may have run to the near post and the ball has ended up at the back post.

"Maybe there are one or two things that aren’t running our way. But when we do get opportunities we need to make sure that, at a minimum, the keeper makes a save and a very good save at that, or it goes past him and hits the back of the net."

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