Smith rues dropped points

Sat, 24 Mar 18:54:56 2012

Walsall manager Dean Smith was disappointed to see his side drop two home points for the second time in succession in their 1-1 draw with Stevenage in npower League One, but he insisted on looking on the bright side.

Andy Butler had given the Saddlers a third-minute lead when he drove home a low shot from Manny Smith's knockdown, but play-off-chasing Stevenage levelled in the 60th minute through Michael Boswick's 25-yard drive.

Smith said: "It was a hard-earned point. Stevenage did a really good job and stopped our players getting on the ball and playing, and because of that we lacked a bit of quality.

"Our goal was one we had worked on in training, and it was a great finish by Butler. But in the final third our quality let us down.

"We knew Stevenage would be strong physically, and I said at half-time if we allowed it to become a physical contest they would come out on top. But I thought we finished the game stronger and we had two great chances to win it.

"Now we have our game in hand against Colchester at home on Tuesday, and that becomes important and a vital one because it's the next match. I thought a draw was the fair result."


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