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Dean Keates: 'Turn Performance Into Points'

Walsall boss Dean Keates has spoken ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Play-Off chasing Doncaster Rovers and insisted his players remain positive despite recent run of results but admits the Saddlers must start converting performances into points if they are to get out of the League One relegation zone.
The Saddlers dominated last weekend's televised clash with title-chasing Barnsley but were undone by Jacob Brown’s cruel stoppage-time winner, falling to a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat despite Isaiah Osbourne hitting the back of the net during the first-half - referee Ben Toner calling play back for a soft foul.

That unrewarded performance came off the back of similar against the Tykes' fellow promotion-chasers Sunderland and Portsmouth, with the Saddlers also losing by the odd goal. And with the team currently sitting in the relegation zone, the Walsall-born boss knows results are needed, and soon.

Speaking via the club's official website, Dean said; "Believe me, I’d take a bad performance and a scruffy 1-0 win with the goal coming off somebody’s backside. What we need to do is look at the positives and, in terms of performances, we are in good form.

"We just need to make sure we start picking up points to go with them. We have had a few ups and downs over the past few weeks but we are in a good place now. The group is positive, they are on the front foot and have trained well after what happened.

"We have to keep believing in ourselves, keep working hard and keeping making sure standards are high on the training ground. And now we want to take that into Saturday’s game at Doncaster."

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