Alfie Bates Keen to Focus on the Team as Walsall Target a Return to Winning Ways

Walsall midfielder Alfie Bates has welcomed his recent run in the first-team but insisted it's not about individuals as he and his teammates target a return to winning ways following a string of six successive defeats.
Coventry-born Bates is hoping to return to the starting XI for this weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round clash between the Saddlers and Darlington and believes the team deserved to take something out of last weekend's defeat to Swindon Town.

The loss to the Robins, which saw on-loan Salford City striker grab his first Walsall goal in a 2-1 defeat, saw the Saddlers continue their poor run of form but 18-year-old Alfie has insisted he and his teammates are working hard to turn things around.

Alfie, an academy graduate who has already made eight all-competition appearances so far this season, said; "I think we definitely deserved at least a draw from the game against Swindon.

"We had so many chances in the game and we just can’t put it in the back of the net at the minute and that just seems to be the way it’s going for us when we are on a losing streak like we are at the moment.

"I am sure we are going to turn it round though because we are a good team. There’s fine margins in football and those fine margins win you games and we just aren’t getting those at the minute.

"It is really frustrating for us as players but I am sure we will turn it round. Like I said, we are a good team and I believe we will keep on improving and we will keep going.

"On a personal note, it is good to get the run of games that I have had and all I want to do is play in as many games as possible this season. I’ve played four games on the bounce now but it is all about the team and getting those much needed three points and turning it round."
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