Sadler Pleased as Walsall's Defence Holds Firm Sadler Pleased as Walsall's Defence Holds Firm
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Sadler Pleased as Walsall's Defence Holds Firm

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler spoke to the media shortly after full-time.
Walsall boss Mat Sadler has praised his side as they and Milton Keynes Dons played out a goalless draw on a chilly Tuesday evening in WS1.

Going into the game on the back of an encouraging 3-1 victory over Bradford City, the Saddlers were looking to make it a second game without defeat as they hoped to edge closer to the top half of the table.

Though they failed to find the back of the net, Walsall were able to thwart their opponents' advances with the backline drawing the praise of their manager, who was happy to take something from the game.

Speaking to the assembled media, including George Bennett of the Express & Star, Mat also discussed his tactical options, he said; "In open play we haven't conceded in the last two so that's positive from that point of view.

"You know what it's like though. A great experience for them. There were loads of good challenges for them.

"It's about resting, recovering, and repeating. I recruited with the view of having a couple of formations in mind.

"We can use both of them. The way I made sure that we coached it was that we were familiar with both. This is the second one we've gone into now.

"We're looking positive with that, and I've got some really good options.

"We are fortunate to have a fantastic goalkeeper in Owen Evans. I've also got to praise Donervon - I thought he was immense again.

"Harry - in his second game against a different set of strikers showed a bit of versatility in his game, and that education and understanding for him was important.

"We have got players that are learning on the job. Freddie learning to play against a different type of centre half today. It was a different type of game for Oisin and Stirk to get into.

"We've got players that have got bags of energy, desire, and hunger. What we're trying to get into them is that bit more experience as it goes on, and that was another good flag in the sand for playing a different type of team in a different formation today."
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