Walsall boss aware of Dons threat after strong start to the season

Walsall manager Dean Keates is aware of the threat posed by AFC Wimbledon tonight, despite the strong start to the Saddlers season.

They’ve won two and drawn one of their opening fixtures, despite being amongst many pundits favourites for the drop. The opening day victory at Plymotuh was proven to be no fluke as Scunthorpe were held to a draw before Gillingham fell to a 2-1 defeat this weekend.

“We’ve picked up some good results and there’ve been some decent performances,” he told the official Walsall website. “We played well against Scunthorpe [in our last away game] but only got a point. Wimbledon will be a tough game.”

Despite the challenge posed by Neal Ardley’s side, Keates is sure his players will be ready for the test.

“The lads have recovered and we looked back at the Gillingham game on Monday. We’ve got our game plan sorted and we’re ready to go tonight.”

Former Boreham Wood striker Morgan Ferrier and Isaiah Osbourne gave them a 2-1 win at the weekend, extending their unbeaten league and cup run to four games.

Our View

It’s a big surprise to see Walsall amongst the early leaders, especially as Scunthorpe were in the top six last season and Plymouth were on the cusp.

Many expected Keates to fail this time around, but his side look fluid. Ferrier has been a big addition, he was the subject of a rather protracted transfer, but he’s already doing very well in League One.

 

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