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Mat Sadler Pre Bolton

23 December 2016

Mat looks forward to the trip to the Macron

Town will be hoping to win their third league match on the bounce when they travel to Bolton on Boxing Day.

Last weekend Town beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 at the Greenhous Meadow to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Louis Dodds and Ian Black got the goals for Town but Mat Sadler was part of the defence which kept another clean sheet, and he spoke to the press about the win.

“We all had to pull together, there was mitigating circumstances with the suspensions and injuries, but that’s what the squads there for and it’s exactly the kind of opportunities people need to show what they can do.

“Everyone who was there on Saturday can say that we were the better team on the day, we thoroughly deserved the three points and there were some standout performances from players who may not have played as much as they would’ve liked.”

The Town fans have seen a real upturn in form of the team since Paul Hurst’s arrival, as Town have lost just three of this first 11games in charge and Sadler spoke of his methods.

“Doigy and the manager set real standards and we can’t come off those standards. And if we do, we know about it.

“There’s a real desire to get ourselves out of what we’ve got ourselves into, and I tell you what there’s no better feeling than proving some people wrong – and that’s what we’re out to do.

Sadler has been an ever present figure in the Town starting eleven since Hurst’s arrival, which has partly been down to his adaptability.

“I enjoy playing both [centre back and full back] because they’re both completely different positions.

“I enjoy the reading of the game from centre half, and battling with the centre forwards, and I enjoy all aspects of left back – I’ve played left back for a long time. I’m genuinely happy to play both and happy to be called adaptable.”

Sadler also spoke of the upcoming Bolton clash.

“Before the season even started we looked at the fixture list and said ‘well that’s a good fixture to be playing on Boxing Day’ and for me that hasn’t changed – it’s an exciting one.

“Hopefully we’ll bring some fans up and we’ll give a good account of ourselves.”

With 2017 fast approaching we are nearing the half-way stage of the season, and Sadler believes the last few weeks leave cause for Town to be optimistic.

“There’s always reason to be optimistic. We see the improvements on the pitch, the improvements the managers are making – there’s a real reason to get excited.

“We want to be looking upwards, the first mission is accomplished because we’re not bottom of the league anymore, now we have to start looking forward again.”

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