Josh Ginnelly: Walsall free to express ourselves
Josh Ginnelly believes Walsall’s attacking players are thriving thanks to the freedom given to them by boss Dean Keates.
The Saddlers have made a flying start to the new season with impressive performances against Plymouth and Scunthorpe followed by a Carabao Cup victory at Tranmere.
Key to that run has been the form of Ginnelly, fellow winger Zeli Ismail and strikers Andy Cook and Morgan Ferrier.
All four have been on target in Walsall’s opening three games after joining the club in the close season.
And Ginnelly feels the team is set up to get the best out of the exciting, attacking quartet.
“It’s the way the gaffer is – he is so open, he wants us to go out there and express ourselves,” the 21-year-old said.
“There are no restrictions in the final third. It’s literally freedom.
“You saw it at Scunthorpe, Zeli went on a great run, won a penalty, scored the penalty and it earned us a point.
“We should have won the game with the chances we created. But as soon as we get over that halfway line we have the freedom to create some magic.
“And that’s the same for me, Morgs (Ferrier) Cookie (Cook) and Zeli. We are all enjoying ourselves.”
Walsall host Gillingham at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
But while the team is full of confidence, Ginnelly insists nobody is getting carried away.
“I think with the way we are playing at the minute, it’s given everyone a massive boost of confidence,” the winger continued.
“Our front four is very good and the defence is strong, everyone is on their game.
“We have gelled together but we are still going to get stronger and stronger.
“We want to now get another good result against Gillingham and see where that takes us.
“It’s important to just take things game by game.
“But we want to keep raising our standards and the support we have received has been fantastic.
“It’s great to see the fans backing us all the way.”
Ginnelly has struck up an impressive partnership down the left with full-back Luke Leahy since rejoining the club in the summer.
And he says he is happy to track back to cover his team-mate if he wants to go forward.
“Tracking back is not a problem for me,” Ginnelly added.
“Luke is very good going forward and is a good defender as well.
“We saw with the free-kick he scored against Plymouth, he has got quality, he has got that in abundance.
“At the minute we have got a great partnership.”