Shay Facey to Focus on Fitness as He Targets More First-Team Football

Walsall right-back Shay Facey has spoken ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash with Newport County and admitted he was pleased to help the Saddlers get back on track against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Facey made a second successive start as the Saddlers made their first ever trip to the New Lawn and took on Forest Green for just the third time in all competitions at the weekend.

Looking to rebound following a trio of successive defeats, the Saddlers went two goals up courtesy of Josh Gordon and Wes McDonald before Josh March, who was linked with the Saddlers before joining Forest Green, pulled one back for four minutes from time.

The hosts prodded and probed in search of a late leveller but were ultimately unable to spoil the Saddlers' awayday as Darrell Clarke's side was able to hold firm and earn three crucial points.

Apart from the set piece that led to Forest Green’s late goal, Facey admitted he was pleased with his team's defensive shape and was even more delighted to see the Saddlers return to winning ways.

Speaking via the club's official website, Shay said; "We’ve been searching for it haven’t we? It finally came, we’ve got the train back on track so hopefully we can take the momentum into a busy week.

"We’ve got good shape off the ball and we’ve got willing runners and players who are willing to fill in positions when players are out of position so we are a hard team to break down.

"Unfortunately, the curse of the set piece goals conceded is continuing and we’ll be looking to fix that, being our main priority going into Tuesday."

25-year-old Facey has made fifteen first-team appearances so far this season and is working on returning to his peak fitness levels after recently returning from injury.

Shay continued; "I had a quad strain. It’s just a bit of ongoing tightness but there’s nothing to worry about, personally I’d prefer to be a little bit fitter and that’s what I’m working towards.

"My job as a player is to focus on being available for selection for the manager and that’s all I can do.

"I have to train hard so it’s not a case of holding back to try and get ready for the game, you have to get through a good week of training to be able to come and perform and that’s what I’ll be doing."
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