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Showing posts with label Pre-Season. Show all posts

Walsall 1 Burnley 4: Kouhyar Grabs a Consolation in Behind Closed Doors Defeat

The Saddlers named a young side to take on the Clarets and used the match as an opportunity to blood some of their players as they prepare for the upcoming EFL Youth Alliance campaign, which begins with an away trip to Fleetwood Town.

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Dean Keates: "We Deserved the Win"

Dean Keates: "We Deserved the Win"

Keates, who saw his side struggle during the opening stages of the game before growing into the contest and eventually going on to deserve the win, admitted that he know the match would be a test but was happy as they rounded off their pre-season campaign with a win.

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Match Report: Cheltenham Town 1 Walsall 2

The Boys from the Bescot arrived at this match on the back of their recent two-nil victory over Ajax Amsterdam, a result which saw summer signing Andy Cook grab a goal in either half to secure a famous win at Banks's Stadium.

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Dean Keates to Make Final Decision on Trialist Duo Next Week

Dean Keates to Make Final Decision on Trialist Duo Next Week

The manager, who, despite releasing all other trialists in the aftermath of the team's famous victory over Ajax has allowed the duo to remain with the squad for the last week, is expected to offer the duo contracts as he desperately needs to add numbers to his backline with Jon Guthrie currently being the only fit first-team central defender.

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Tickets: v Cheltenham Town (A) - Pay on the Gate

Tickets: v Cheltenham Town (A) - Pay on the Gate

The match, which will be the Saddlers' final pre-season clash ahead of the upcoming League One campaign, rounds of a schedule which has seen Dean Keates' side take on the likes of Rushall Olympic, Stoke City, Aston Villa, and Ajax Amsterdam.

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Video Diary: Ajax Amsterdam Visit Banks's Stadium

Firstly, we see the Ajax players arriving for their clash with Wolves, before taking a look at the build up to their early-evening meeting with the Saddlers, which saw Dean Keates' side earn a famous victory, as summer signing Andy Cook bagged a brace to send Erik ten Hag's side home disappointed.

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Dean Keates Confident of Adding the Right Players to His Walsall Squad

The manager is expected to take another look at several trialists over the next week with former Burton Albion defender Tomáš Egert, ex-Millwall centre-back Christian Mbulu, New Zealand international defender Adam Mitchell, and former Liverpool and Middlesbrough defender Tom Brewitt all expected to return to the club's Essington Training Ground.

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New Zealand International Defender Among Walsall's Trialists

New Zealand International Defender Among Walsall's Trialists

It is understood that 22-year-old, Croatia-born Mitchell, who would be available on a free transfer, is currently training with Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers after spending last season playing for their under-23 side last season, but is not under contract for the upcoming campaign.

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Match Report: Walsall 2 Ajax Amsterdam 0

Match Report: Walsall 2 Ajax Amsterdam 0

Dean Keates' side were yet to secure a victory during their pre-season campaign having suffered defeats to Rushall Olympic, Stoke City and Aston Villa and were unlikely to find their task any easier as they welcomed Dutch giants Ajax to Banks's Stadium.

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Dean Keates Hoping to Bring in New Players 'Over the Next Few Days'

Keates, who had just seen his side defeated by four-goals-to-one as Conor Hourihane bagged a treble and Glenn Whelan hit a solo strike, insisted that he is hopeful of adding to his side over the coming days, revealing that he has made offers for players and remains hopeful that the deals will fall into place.

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Match Reaction: Keates Keen to Remain Positive Despite Defeat

Match Reaction: Keates Keen to Remain Positive Despite Defeat

The manager, who saw his side defeated by four-goals-to-one thanks to a Conor Hourihane hat-trick and a Glenn Whelan solo strike, was keen to take the positives out of the display and sought to praise his young players as they gained more all-important match minutes with the season opener edging ever closer.

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Match Report: Walsall 1 Aston Villa 4

Match Report: Walsall 1 Aston Villa 4

Dean Keates' Saddlers arrived at this evening's match on the back of Saturday's three-nil defeat to Gary Rowett's recently-relegated Stoke City. The match, which also took place at Banks's Stadium, saw highly-rated Saddlers defender Kory Roberts suffer a season-threatening double leg break and will no doubt have given the gaffer plenty of sleepless nights.

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Kory Roberts Stretchered Off During Pre-Season Defeat to Stoke City

Kory Roberts Stretchered Off During Pre-Season Defeat to Stoke City

Birmingham-born Kory, pictured warming up ahead of the recent pre-season clash with Rushall Olympic, made twenty-four first-team appearances last season, entering several superb displays, and is highly thought of at the club with many seeing him as as a major prospect, thanks in-part to his determined performances and beyond-his-years maturity.

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