Date: 26th December 2018 at 6:49pm
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Walsall boss Dean Keates has conceded that his Walsall side are facing a battle to stay in League 1 following our sixth defeat in the last ten.

The Saddlers were defeated 3-1 at home to relegation favourites Bristol Rovers to add to our 4-0 defeat to another relegation favourite Bradford City and Keates has again called on his players to grow up and grow up quickly.

Speaking to Express and Star, Keates said

“I’ve said from day one, it’s about getting to 52 points as quickly as possible.

“But that performance has left us wide open and now we have a game against on Luton on Saturday who are the most form team in the division.”

“We are one of the smallest clubs in the league. But teams are not earning the right to score against us. We are giving silly goals away. That has to stop.”

The Saddlers are currently ten points above the drop zone but this current scenario has the same feel to it as last season and unless we improve drastically in the January window then the Saddlers will face a very difficult spring.

The current crop minus the players that were brought in over the summer have shown inconsistencies far too often and it will be surprising if many of them will have a new contract offered. We are still trying to recover from the Whitney era and it will take a few more transfer windows for Keates to fully make his mark on the club.

Twenty two games left, twenty three points for safety….