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Beech: We Have To Be At Our Best

9 February 2015

After a weekend with no football, Dale are back in action on Tuesday night as they make the trip to the West Midlands to face Walsall.

Assistant Manager Chris Beech is looking forward to the fixture and says Dale will have to be at their best.

“It’s difficult sometimes when you’ve been focused all week on that match and it suddenly gets pulled mid-training session on Friday morning,” said Beech as he reflected on the weekend’s postponement.

“Sometimes you’re just better letting the lads accept that you can’t play and take some rest, which we did do. The players went home and spent some time with their families.”

He continued: “[On Tuesday night] we’re playing a real good team which has a real good team spirit. Them getting to Wembley [for the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy] is excellent news and I’m so pleased for Dean [Smith, Walsall Manager] and his players.

"I feel like I’m repeating myself but we’re definitely going to have to be at full tilt because they’ll be really up for the match.

“Dean stated at the start of the season that he felt they could make the top six because he felt that his squad was stronger this season. Form dipped a little bit in their league programme but they’ve definitely got that back on track. They’re in great form and have had a great result against Doncaster at the weekend, so we know that they’ll be strong and we know that we have to be at our best to get a result.

“The game is obviously at Walsall’s ground, so we’ll look to put our plan into practice and give a really good account of ourselves with an energy about us.”

The full interview is available to view on Dale Player.

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