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DEMETRIOU PRAISES CARETAKER TRIO

8 December 2015

Walsall remain unbeaten under Whitney, Ward and Cutler...

Right-back Jason Demetriou has praised Walsall’s caretaker trio and says everyone is ‘moving in the same direction’.

Coaches Jon Whitney, John Ward and Neil Cutler are in temporary charge of the Saddlers following Dean Smith’s departure to Brentford last Monday.

Since then, the temporary managers have overseen an impressive derby win at Shrewsbury and a drawn with Chesterfield in the FA Cup second round.

And Demetriou, who has made 23 appearances this season, has been impressed with their settled approach since Smith’s exit.

“It’s been good and they’re doing well,” said Demetriou.

“Dean and Richard O’Kelly put their stamp on things and things are just continuing from where they left off.

“Jon Whitney, John Ward and Neil Cutler are trying to do the same things the gaffer did and keep things rolling and moving in the same direction.

“They’re not changing much, they’re putting their own input in a little bit, but there’s not much to change.

"They’re running it well and the boys are getting on with it.”

Walsall face an FA Cup second round replay after conceding a late equaliser to draw with Chesterfield at a wind-swept Proact Stadium.

And Demetriou was disappointed not to win – although he admitted the blustery conditions hampered his side.

“It was probably a fair result but we were still a little disappointed with the draw,” said Demetriou.

“We had a good first-half but they managed to turn it around in the second half. They played well to the wind and used it to their advantage, knocking it forward quickly and putting us on the back foot.

“We didn’t really get going in the second half. The wind was strong out there. Going forward with the wind made passing quite difficult because anything you put on it seemed to run out of play.

“But it was a 50:50 game.”

Demetriou was heavily involved in the Saddlers’ opening goal, with his driven cross deflecting in off home defender Richard Wood.

“It was a great ball through from Evans and I just smashed it across the goal,” he said.

“I heard the crowd complaining, looked up and the ball was in the net and all the boys were celebrating!

“I don’t think I can claim it but if they give it to me I’ll be buzzing.”

Demetriou and co are back in action this weekend when we travel to Fleetwood.

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