Mat Sadler Proud of Unified Saddlers Mat Sadler Proud of Unified Saddlers

Mat Sadler Proud of Unified Saddlers

The gaffer spoke to members of the media shortly after full-time.
Walsall boss Mat Sadler praised his team's togetherness after seeing them exit the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Championship title-chasers Southampton.

Goals from Ryan Fraser - the on-loan Newcastle United man netting a brace and earned the Man of the Match award - Sékou Mara and Che Adams saw the Saints safely through to the Fourth Round.

Despite the comfortable defeat, Sadler insisted he was proud of his team before praising the 2,000-strong fanbase that had made its way to St Mary's Stadium to cheer on their side.

Speaking to the assembled media, including the Express & Star, Sadler said; "The belief that they then showed as they grew into the game was unbelievable, which was fantastic to see, and of course, we didn't quite score when we needed to.

"We had three really good chances, and unfortunately we didn't take one of those. For the football club, a massive positive of how united the team and the supporters are.

"It's taken time with that. We are such a united football club at the moment and that can be hugely powerful as we move into the second half of the season, which is going to be blood and thunder.

"We're building and we're working extremely hard to give the supporters a team that they are proud of, and that unity between everyone today was amazing.

"The supporters did that because we gave a performance of fight, and we were just the other side of the key moments in the game, and the supporters could see that.

"But of course, we are on a good run ourselves, and we have to bottle that and keep that in terms of the unity at this club."
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