Date: 24th February 2019 at 12:19pm
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Walsall boss Dean Keates has said yesterday’s performance proves to everyone that the players do care and want to do all they can for this football club.

Speaking to Express And Star Keates said

“It’s been questioned over the last few weeks whether the players cared – that was evident today, they do care.”

The Saddlers despite playing eighty-four minutes with ten men managed to hold onto a vital three points which took them four points clear of the drop zone with twelve games remaining.

Given the performances over the last two months many would have thrown in the towel when we found ourselves down to ten men and 1-0 down inside twelve minutes however the team proved they still have that fire in their bellies to get out of this relegation scrap. This could be the turning point of the season.

Most of the level headed criticism on social media has been justified in our opinion with some displays that have lacked courage or determination but yesterday these guys gave their all. Collosus displays from Jon Guthrie and Dan Scarr in the heart of the defence, pride and sheer grit by Joe Edwards and Liam Kinsella in the middle of the park and then Josh Gordon upfront who ran all game and grabbed two goals – it was the Walsall of old.

Keates told the Express and Star that we have a real chance of survival if everyone stands united.

“There’s a lot been said about everybody, the lads have had a lot of stick but they gave absolutely everything.”

“It’s a young group. They are eager, they are honest and their workrate that they give us from Monday to Friday is phenomenal.”

“We are only going to do this together so we need the fans to get fully behind them – hopefully, united together we can make sure we are in League One next season.”

The Saddlers now travel to Burton Albion on Saturday knowing another victory will help us in our quest for survival.