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Showing posts with label Coventry City. Show all posts
Dean Keates Vows to Fight on as Walsall Boss

Dean Keates Vows to Fight on as Walsall Boss

Keates has seen his side slip from the upper echelons of the League One table to sit just two points above the relegation zone, admitted that Saturday's defeat to the Sky Blues, which saw former Saddlers strikers Amadou Bakayoko and Jordy Hiwula bag two of City's three goals, was simply not good enough and called for his team to step up to the challenge ahead of them.

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Dean Keates: 'We Need Something to Build Upon'

Dean Keates: 'We Need Something to Build Upon'

The Saddlers sit just two points above the relegation zone and arrive at this weekend's match on the back of four league defeats and in desperate need of points to move them away from danger as the opportunities to get the campaign back on track continue to run out.

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Player Focus: Few Standout Performances as Walsall Leave it Late

It was evidenced by match-winner Leahy's comments post-match, admitting Coventry were the better side in their last-gasp 2-1 win. However, the result said more about their resilience - leapfrogging Saturday's opponents into the top half.

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Audio: Dean Keates Happy to Take a 'Scruffy' Win

Audio: Dean Keates Happy to Take a 'Scruffy' Win

Keates, who watched as his side left it until second-half stoppage time to bag the two goals needed to take all three points, admitted that his side lacked a bit of quality throughout the match but did enough to warrant at least a share of the spoils.

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Dean Keates: 'We Need to Be at Our Best to Give Ourselves a Chance'

Dean Keates: 'We Need to Be at Our Best to Give Ourselves a Chance'

Keates, who has seen his side go winless in their last five league outings, went on to push his side to give everything they've got as they look to build upon recent improved performances and secure three much-needed points with a view to getting back among the teams battling it out for a place in the Play-Off places.

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Audio: Dean Keates - "We Got Our Rewards Today"

Audio: Dean Keates - "We Got Our Rewards Today"

The Walsall-born manager, who watched as the Saddlers bagged three goals to send the Sky Blues out of the competition, praised his side as they maintained their composure  - despite the Sky Blues getting back on level terms - to go on and secure a spot in Monday evening's Second Round draw.

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FA Cup Match Report: Walsall 3 Coventry City 2

Following two home league defeats on the bounce Dean Keates' Saddlers arrived at this match in need of a positive display as they looked to reach the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2015.

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Dean Keates: 'We Need to Get Back to What We're All About'

Dean Keates: 'We Need to Get Back to What We're All About'

Keates, who has seen his side slip to back-to-back home defeats for the first time this season, revealed that he and his squad have spoken about the recent dip in form and know they have to try and get back to the hard-working style which separated them from much of the opposition during the opening stages of the campaign.

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