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Brian Dutton Keen to Focus on the Positives as Walsall's Pre-Season Continues

Brian Dutton was pleased with the Saddlers' most recent pre-season outing.
Walsall Assistant and Development Coach Brian Dutton spoke to club journalists following the Saddlers goalless draw with Wolves' Under-23s and insisted there were plenty of positives to take from pre-season outing.

The Saddlers, who opened their pre-season campaign with a two-nil defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon, unable to find the back of the net as they and their opponents played out a nil-nil draw at Lilleshall.

Walsall fielded twenty-two players for the clash with the aim of adding more much-needed match minutes as the squad continues to prepare for the start of the 2020/21 campaign in early September.

Dutton, who takes charge of the Saddlers' development team as well as assisting first-team manager Darrell Clarke, insisted there were plenty of reasons to be cheerful as the team continue to build match sharpness following the Covid-10 lockdown.

Speaking via the club's official website, Brian said; "We take a lot of positives from that game. It was another good workout, two possession-based teams and another warm night so physically we take a lot out of the game.

"I thought our lads looked sharp, their closing down, their pressing, their work ethic to win the ball back and they showed some composure when they won it back to create opportunities so we’re really pleased with the workout today.

"It’s the craziest season we’ll all have encountered with in terms of the amount of fixtures that will be condensed into a short period of time so we’ve got to manage this pre-season and get as much work into the boys, get as many minutes into the full squad because they will all be needed throughout the season without risking injury which is very difficult.

"The S&C coaches and the medical department have had a lot of questions fired at them because we often don’t have the answers to these questions because it’s so peculiar."

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