Date: 7th November 2018 at 8:43am
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Walsall boss Dean Keates has pulled no punches this morning by insisting his side need to start putting a shift in for the club.

The Saddlers 2-0 home defeat to Charlton last night was our fourth defeat in five and despite the great start to the season the Saddlers are dropping like a stone and heading for the bottom half of the table.

Keates who has been criticised by some for over tinkering with his side admits that the Saddlers must go back to basics, strip it all back and work on where it’s gone wrong.

Keates kept his players in the dressing room for a long period last night and according to Express and Star journalist Mr Joseph Masi, Keates held an “open forum” for players to give their opinion on what had gone wrong.

Speaking to the Express and Star, Keates said

“There is no point in me papering over the cracks, they are going to be low on confidence – one win in five is not great on the eye,”

“Momentum in football is massive, we were on a good run at the beginning of the season – they were getting pats on their back.”

“We need to strip it back and get back to basics. First and foremost we need to get out there and put a shift in for the club.”

The Saddlers have now conceded two or more goals in our last five games – our worst run since the dismal days of Chris Hutchings (thanks for that stat Saddlers Stats!).

Walsall now have a break from the league as we entertain Coventry and then Port Vale in the cup before a very difficult few weeks – as we face the top three sides in our next six.

Something needs to change and quickly!