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Curle Looking To Continue Form

19 October 2021

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Keith Curle’s outfit head into the clash against Walsall on the back of a convincing victory over Stevenage, and the Head Coach eyes more success going forwards.

Reflecting on the weekend, the gaffer praised his side and believes that the lads fully deserved the three points as well as the clean sheet.

"We’re in a results industry and there have been elements of pleasing performances from our previous games as well that we've taken credit for. I think that result has been coming because if you have a look at a large majority of our games, we’ve had good opportunities and not taking them.

"On Saturday, I thought that we were clinical and ruthless as we created four chances took two goals from those chances and that gives you a platform whereby, they have to change their game plan, and credit to them, they've got a belief in how they play, and they try to stick to their beliefs." He commented.

"We had to nullify their threat, and I think we've got them playing a lot of long passes that were predictable passes which we were able to defend against and that's credit to the players for the understanding, the tactical awareness, and the willingness to take on more information through the game and at half-time and then that desire to get the job done."

Latics’ backline has made it four clean sheets in five matches which has earned the respect from the man in the hot seat.

"I think that it won’t have gone unnoticed that last season the football club got a lot of credit for the amount of goals that they scored.

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"But likewise, it didn't go unnoticed that we had the worst defensive record and, ultimately, to be successful, we had to improve the goals against gone, but we don't want to detract away from the opportunity for us to score goals and getting three goals, deserved goals as well, good individual and good team play as well."

After making an abundance of signings in the summer, Walsall currently sit 18th in Sky Bet League Two and our Head Coach admires the system which Matt Taylor is adapting at the Saddlers.

"I believe that they've got some good players, they've adopted a system that's got a little bit of fluency in it, as in can be 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 and out of possession it can be 4-4-3 as well.

"They’ve got good dynamics, good game understanding and good experience of the division within the squad that he has assembled.

"They also enter the game after an impressive point and clean sheet away at Leyton Orient, so their confidence will be boosted which means that our lads must in the right mindset during the match."

Curle dismisses the idea of rotating his side after games in quick succession and remains adamant that he’ll choose a team that is capable of winning the encounter.

"I always pick a team that I believe is going to win the game. Luckily, we’ve started to get players back from injury, so we can rotate if need be which is always a positive.

"Obviously, we played on Saturday which means we will be more cautious to fatigue; however, I’ll make sure that I will get the most out of the players and make substitutions when I feel is necessary and will impact the game."


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