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Kick-Off: In This Week's Column...

Kick-Off: In This Week's Column...

Launched in the summer of 2015, 'Kick-Off', which is joined by its sister publication 'Final Whistle', is packed with news, views, opinion and features from all the major clubs across the region.

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Jon Guthrie Enjoying Playing Alongside Russell Martin

Jon, who has made twenty-four appearances so far this season, is delighted to be able to play alongside former Norwich City defender Martin, as the Scottish international brings plenty of experience to the role, something Guthrie is only too happy to learn from.

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Liam Kinsella Working Hard to Retain His Starting Spot

Kinsella, who has formed part of the Saddlers' starting XI alongside George Dobson, believes that the team have performed well over recent games but still need to cut out silly errors at the back, especially if they are to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

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Dean Keates Hails 'Proper Pro' Joe Edwards

Dean Keates Hails 'Proper Pro' Joe Edwards

The 28-year-old, who recently agreed terms on an extended deal at Banks's Stadium, has been out of action since injuring his anterior cruciate knee ligament against Blackburn Rovers in February, but is edging ever-closer to a return to action, even taking part in the warm-up before the Saddlers took on Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

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Dean Keates Disappointed by Walsall's Poor Decision Making

The Saddlers went in to a two goal lead as Josh Gordon and Josh Ginnelly struck during the opening stages of the second-half but Keates, who was clearly frustrated, believes his side made enough chances to score three, maybe even four goals during the match but failed to remain solid at the back as the Black Cats ultimately got the match back on level terms.

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Dean Keates Pleased as Walsall Secure 'Massive' Clean Sheet

Dean Keates Pleased as Walsall Secure 'Massive' Clean Sheet

The manager, who watched as his side dominated much of the first-half - winning ten corners, insisted that the team is still a work in progress but is already showing plenty of positive signs as he now begins to look ahead to next weekend's League One clash with heavily-fancies promotion chasers, Sunderland.

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Josh Gordon: "I'm Learning & Improving"

Gordon, who joined the Saddlers from Leicester City in the summer, has started the last three games and believes that he is doing well after waiting patiently for his opportunity to impress.

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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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'No Truth' in Luke Leahy Contract Rumours

Masi, who reports for the Express & Star, insisted that there is 'no truth' in the reports that 25-year-old Leahy had rejected an offer of a new deal, going on to tell other fans not to read anything into it.

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Adam Chambers Could Return Before the End of the Year

Adam Chambers Could Return Before the End of the Year

37-year-old Chambers, who has been temporarily replaced as captain by George Dobson, has been unavailable for selection since breaking his foot during the opening-day victory over Plymouth Argyle, and, following an operation, has been working with the club's medical department to return to action.

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Dean Keates: "It Was a Strange Game"

The manager, who made eight changes to his side following last weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round victory over Coventry City, had already secured a place in the last 32 and opted to use the match to give some of the squad's fringe players a taste of first-team football as he prepares for another hectic few weeks of action which will see the Saddlers play at least nine times between now and the end of the year.

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Kinsella Keen to Show What He's Made Of

22-year-old, Colchester-born, Kins was named in the starting XI for last weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round victory over Coventry City, and went on to play a part in Nicky Devlin's match-winning goal, but he knows he still has work to do if he is to keep his name on the teamsheet.

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Nicky Devlin Hoping to Secure Permanent Starting Spot

Nicky Devlin Hoping to Secure Permanent Starting Spot

The Bishopbriggs-born defender had to make do with a place on the sidelines for the recent defeat to Southend United and the win over Wycombe Wanderers, but came off the bench during last weekend's defeat to Burton Albion before playing the full 90 minutes against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.

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Dean Keates: "We Need to Grow Up"

Keates, who has watched as his side suffered league defeats to Burton Albion and Charlton Athletic in just four days, acknowledged that his team are low on confidence at the moment but insisted that players have to learn from recent mistakes, put in a shift, and get back to winning ways.

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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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Russell Martin: "The Togetherness Here is Brilliant"

Russell Martin: "The Togetherness Here is Brilliant"

The 32-year-old, who played alongside Saddlers boss Dean Keates at Peterborough United, was a free agent after ending a nine-year spell with Norwich City over the summer, and has already shown just some of what he can do as he made his club debut against Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.

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