Shay Facey Hoping Walsall's Hard Work Will Pay Off

Walsall defender Shay Facey has spoken ahead of this afternoon's Emirates FA Cup - Second Round clash between the Saddlers and Oxford United, and admitted he is hoping that the teams' hard-work during the build-up to this weekend's clash will pay off in the game.
The 24-year-old, who was the Saddlers sixth signing in a busy summer of change at Banks's Stadium, revealed that he is really looking forward to being involved in such a prestigious competition and is hopeful that the team can use the momentum they have built up over a five-game unbeaten run can propel them to the Third Round.

Sale-born Facey, a product of Manchester City's youth system, progressed through the ranks to sign pro terms with the Citizens in 2013. After loan spells with New York City, Rotherham United, and Heerenveen, he joined Northampton Town in January 2018, and went on to make 42 appearances before arriving in WS1 in the summer.

Speaking via the club's official website, Shay, who has made six first-team appearances in a Saddlers shirt, said; "It has been a bit of an up and down season for us but we aren’t getting carried away on the run that we are on at the moment.

"We’ve been on a run like this before but then happened to take a bit of a step back but it was just a matter of regrouping and making sure that when things are going well that we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves and I think that is what is putting us in good stead at the moment because we have got a good bit of momentum behind us.

"Every game is a chance for us to prove something to the manager, to the club and to the fans. We will be going into the game against Oxford looking to put on a performance.

"We have to look at it as though they are just another opponent really and we have got to impose what we want to do in the game and if we can do that then I think we have got a good chance of getting something from the match.

"It’s an absolute honour to be able to play in the FA Cup. I haven’t managed to play in many games in the competition myself but it is another one that I can add to my resumé and I am really looking forward to it.

"We aren’t going in with the mentality that they’re the division above us, we’re looking at it as there is a task in front of us and we have worked on it all week and hopefully we can execute what we have been working on."
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