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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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Keates Keen to Secure Third Round Spot

Keates Keen to Secure Third Round Spot

The Saddlers play host to the Black Cats for the second successive weekend, and the gaffer is hoping that his players will be able to feed off the atmosphere at Banks's Stadium, just like they did during last weekend’s entertaining two-all draw, which saw the Reds surrender a two-goal lead to take a share of the spoils.

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Head to Head: v Portsmouth

Head to Head: v Portsmouth

Pompey and the Saddlers have met on twenty-seven previous occasions, and it's Portsmouth who hold the overall lead having tasted victory eleven compared to Walsall's seven.

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Dean Keates: 'Sunderland is a Test We're Looking Forward To'

Keates, who recently saw his side held to a draw by Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town, also admitted that his team will be classed as underdogs for the upcoming clash, but that is no different from the beginning of the campaign, where the Saddlers were among the favourites to be scrapping at the foot of the table, rather than remaining within just a few points of the Play-Off places.

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Dean Keates: "We Aren't Far Away"

Dean Keates: "We Aren't Far Away"

Keates, who led his side through an unbeaten spell at the start of the season, believes that last weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round victory over Coventry City saw the Saddlers display some of the passion and drive which had initially separated them from the rest.

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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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Dean Keates: Saddlers Must Learn From Their Mistakes

Keates, who watched as his side slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to the Brewers, thinks that Albion deserved their win but the Saddlers were also architects of their own downfall and have to react in a positive manner as the League One fixtures continue at a pace.

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Dean Keates: "We Have to Make Sure That We Turn Up"

Dean Keates: "We Have to Make Sure That We Turn Up"

Walsall-born Keates, who will be taking charge of his 100th game as a manager - including 71 at Wrexham - is hoping that his side can build upon last weekend's vicotry over Wycombe Wanderers but knows that the Brewers, who are managed by Nigel Clough, will pose a real threat when they visit Banks’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Dean Keates Asks For Fans' Support Ahead of Wycombe Clash

Dean Keates Asks For Fans' Support Ahead of Wycombe Clash

Over the next eighteen days, Keates' side will play host to Wycombe, Burton Albion and Charlton Athletic in League One, whilst also facing Coventry City in the Emirates FA Cup and Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy respectively, giving them plenty to play for, especially after last week's duo of away defeats.

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Dean Keates Keen to Build Upon 'Deserved' Win Over Bristol Rovers

Keates, who has seen his side suffer just two league defeats so far this season, believes that the Saddlers deserved the win and showed just how much they wanted the points by standing firm and remaining patient before bagging the winning goal in the closing stages of second-half injury time.

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Dean Keates: "It's Going to be a Difficult Game"

Dean Keates: "It's Going to be a Difficult Game"

Keates, who has seen his side struggle to convert several goal-scoring chances over the last few weeks, admitted that Rovers have been a bit indifferent as of late but shouldn't be taken lightly, especially when they have a rapturous crowd behind them.

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Jack Fitzwater: Walsall Working Hard to Secure More Clean Sheets

Walsall have secured just one clean sheet in the league so far this season and have developed a habit of conceding late goals, a habit which has seen them ship five goals in the final fifteen minutes of play already this season, something which has to end of they are to continue to prove their doubters wrong.

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Dean Keates: Walsall Working to Cut Out Late Goals

Dean Keates: Walsall Working to Cut Out Late Goals

The Saddlers, who have tasted defeat on just one occasion so far this season, are yet to concede a goal in the opening thirty-minutes of league football, but have shipped five in the final fifteen minutes of play, leaving themselves vulnerable to dropped points, or even defeat.

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