Date: 15th August 2017 at 10:03pm
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Jon Whitney got the reaction he wanted from his Saddlers side following a tepid first half against Oldham as his side ran out 2-1 winners.

And, following the impressive comeback, Jon Whitney feels his side will have learnt some valuable lessons from the 90 minutes.

Speaking to the Express & Star Whitney said: ‘It’s hopefully a really important turning point for our new squad.

‘They have to realise that when we play at a slow pace and when we`re predictable, that isn`t us. We have to play at a high tempo.

“It`s only the second game of the season. But I think the manner of the performance was pleasing as well.

‘We had them on the ropes the whole of the second half.’

Whitney will be hoping that his troops are firing for the trip to Portsmouth on Saturday in what will be one of the more difficult away trips this season. Fratton Park is sold out to home supporters with a raucous atmosphere expected, the Saddlers didn’t fare too well last season at the bigger grounds – Sheffield United apart obviously – and the ‘character, passion and belief’ that Whitney has tried to instil will have to come to the fore…


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