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Pre Match Thoughts: Pete Wild

3 March 2023


Pre Match Thoughts: Pete Wild

3 March 2023

Barrow boss Pete Wild is looking forward to another "tough test" against a Walsall side that have only tasted defeat once this calendar year.

The Bluebirds enter the fixture with a three-game unbeaten run in their pockets. A victory against Mark Hughes' Bradford City was backed up by another win over Stockport County at the SO Legal Stadium last Saturday.

This past midweek saw the scoreline finish level with Salford City, completing a return of seven points from the past trio of games, something that the Barrow boss is very happy about, going into Saturday's clash with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

"To come away with three positive results I'm really pleased," said Wild.

"They are three teams that are really fighting to be up at the top end of that table, so to get three positive results is a credit to ourselves.

"I'm really pleased with how we stuck at our game, maybe earlier in the season we would've crumbled."

Walsall are also enjoying an unbeaten run, which they extended to six games (and six draws in a row) last Saturday. Although, they looked to be heading for three points against John Askey's Hartlepool United, before Pools snatched two injury time goals to take a point.

The Saddlers' last defeat came against Salford City in January, but haven't managed to take a maximum return from a fixture since a victory over Mansfield Town on New Year's Day.

Pete Wild knows Saturday's opponents will be tough, and bring a strong presence on the field.

"We know we are in for a physical battle," said the Bluebirds boss.

"It'll be a tough test against team that's been a bit like ourselves this season, they've been a bit inconsistent, like we have.

"It'll be an interesting game, and one we are definitely looking forward to.

"As always, we know we will have to be at our brilliant best."

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