Dean Keates: 'International Break Has Been Good For Us' Dean Keates: 'International Break Has Been Good For Us'
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Dean Keates: 'International Break Has Been Good For Us'

Saddlers manager Dean Keates has spoken to the local press ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Luton Town and discussed what he and his team have done over the international break, revealing that his squad have had the the opportunity to recharge their batteries ahead of the return to action.
Keates, who has seen his side lose just two of their twelve league games, believes it is important for the players to be able to have a mental break from the game, especially after such a frantic start to the season - during which the Saddlers defied the critics and rose towards the top of the table.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "Ideally I’d have liked to have played but it is what it is. The break has been good for us as a football club. We had a few players carrying knocks and its given us the chance to let one or two things settle down.

"And on the mental side of things, we have pushed the players a lot and asked a lot of them. It’s a young squad. There are a few players that have come from non-league so it was an opportunity for a few of them to have a breather, a break and take stock of everything.

"And the players that have moved to the area to be close to the football club, it’s given them a chance to go back home and see their families. It’s important sometimes you have that mental break away form football."
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