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Richards relishing return to Walsall

1 March 2013

Matt looking forward returning to take on the Sadlers

Shrewsbury Town captain Matt Richards is relishing Saturday's return to Walsall, the club where he spent two happy years before moving to the Greenhous Meadow in the summer of 2011.
Richards scored 12 times in 86 games for the Saddlers and he's looking forward to making a second return to the Banks's Stadium having played there for Town early last season when Walsall won a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie 2-1.    
"They're both great clubs," said Richards. "I enjoyed my time there and it was a good two years.
"They try and play football the right way, as we do here, which is what I enjoy most about football. 
"We want to get one on them and we'll be doing all we can to do that."
Richards is fully aware of Walsall's current bright form and knows all about their Northern Ireland international striker Will Grigg, a former team mate, who scored a hat-trick in their 3-0 midweek win at Carlisle.  
"There's a lot of teams competing around Walsall, a lot of Premier League clubs and they get put to one side a little bit which is unfair sometimes," he said.
"It's nice that we're in a good catchment area here in Shrewsbury that we can focus on one team and we haven't got to worry about anyone else really. 
"The more the fans get behind us on Saturday the better as they've been superb recently and I think they're going to add a lot of excitement to the game." 
Richards added Shrewsbury were determined to get back to winning ways after being sunk by a late Doncaster goal in Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat against the side now top of League One.
And he insisted the referee's decision to send off Dave McAllister, his fellow midfielder, in the first half was the wrong one.   
"It was completely the wrong decision," he confirmed. "It wasn't even a foul in any way shape or form. He's not near anyone so to see a red card was very disappointing and ruined our game really.
"It will drive us on and make us even more determined going into the next game and hopefully we can pick up three points.
"The last few months have been a lot better than what it was. We've picked up a lot, the team's knuckled down and worked very hard and we've got our rewards. We've picked up a lot of points and put in a lot better performances.
"It's only three or four defeats in 17 games which is a lot better than earlier on in the season so we're pleased but we were obviously disappointed how things went the other night." 

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