Dean Keates: 'We're Moving in the Right Direction' Dean Keates: 'We're Moving in the Right Direction'
Dean Keates: 'We're Moving in the Right Direction'

Dean Keates: 'We're Moving in the Right Direction'

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken following Saturday afternoon's encouraging victory over mid-table Fleetwood Town and praised his side as they secures their second win in three league games and edging ever-so-slightly away from the League One relegation zone.
Keates, who saw goals from Morgan Ferrier and Dan Scarr secure an unexpected win over Joey Barton's side, admitted that he was delighted to see his players responded to his half-time message and go on to stretch their unbeaten run to three games and give themselves some much-needed breathing room over their relegation rivals.

The Walsall-born boss revealed that he used his half-time team talk to call upon his players to unleash their unused energy following a fairly tame first-half, and feels they went on to claim the win they deserved, further boosting their survival hopes.

Speaking via the club's official website, Dean said; "It was a very similar game to last week but we have obviously got the goals this time round. We are delighted and it is three points that will push us in the right direction. We have now got a big game on Tuesday night again.

"We have been working on set-pieces and it is something that we have flagged up in recent weeks but we have only recently scored from two in the last couple of games. We haven’t been clinical enough from them this season and they are a massive part of the game.

"There weren’t any real chances in the first half, they had a cross in the opening stages and we had the Joe Edwards stinging volley which was a decent effort at goal. We spoke to the lads at half time about having an extra 10, 15 or 20% in the tank and we asked them to go and unleash it so to say.

"They did that in the second half, we started brightly, we were on the front foot and we rightly deserved the three points that we got."
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