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Sykes delighted with double

14 April 2019

Ross Sykes celebrated his first EFL double against Walsall - and put it down to the work on the training ground.

The tall defender headed home the opener in the 11th minute, after getting on the end of Sean McConville's free kick.

Walsall equalised on 33 minutes through a deflected Nicky Devlin strike but Sykes scored the winner on 69 minutes, firing home from close range after his initial shot was saved by keeper Liam Roberts.

"We were working on set-pieces in training on Friday and I scored a few so we came in to the Walsall game and did the same thing," said the 20-year-old, who now has four goals for the season.

"I said before the game I would score two, I don't know why but after training I just felt I would.

"It's been a brilliant season for me, I have come in, been playing regularly and scored four goals.

"The big thing against Walsall though was the win. It was a team effort and the boys put in the hard work for the win.

"We have had setbacks this season but have always been ready to go again. Now we just have to take it game by game and get the wins to stay up.

"We have always been in this together, we all have each other's backs and, despite our recent results, the mood has remained upbeat in the changing room."

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