Friday, 14 December 2018

 

Keates Keen to Build Upon Recent Results as Attention Turns to Bradford

6:00 pm Friday, 14 December 2018
Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One clash with bottom of the table Bradford City and taken a quick look back at a strong week for the Saddlers, which saw them earn three crucial points against Coventry City before knocking Sunderland out of the Emirates FA Cup.
The 40-year-old, Walsall-born gaffer believes that the duo of victories, which saw both Luke Leahy and Liam Kinsella rise to the occasion - grabbing match winning goals, has gone a long way to boosting the confidence of his squad, and also given them something to build upon heading into the clash with the struggling Bantams.

Dean, who was speaking via the club's official website www.Saddlers.co.uk, said; "That's how football is - you can have a good week one week and a bad one the next, but luckily this week has gone in our favour. The Coventry result gave the lads a little more belief.

"They showed their character because performance-wise it wasn’t what we wanted. Give the lads full credit, they kept going and at Sunderland we got a much better performance. Robbo was protected all night but he was part of a collective effort.

"We were outstanding and it was an unbelievable goal from Kins. But it’s gone now and it’s something we can build on. We’ve had a good week and we’ll look to continue that at Bradford."

The Bantams, who are managed by former Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, and City midfielder David Hopkin, currently sit at the bottom of the table Keates has insisted that he and his side won’t be taking them lightly.

The gaffer added; "They’ve got a great squad, it’s a massive club and they’re in a position they probably didn’t expect to be in at the start of the season. It will be a tough game for us – every game in this league is and I expect nothing different tomorrow."

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