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FORDE: "WE DEFINITELY DESERVED TO WIN"

28 September 2015

Winger frustrated by draw...

IRISH winger Anthony Forde was left scratching his head in disbelief after Walsall could only draw 1-1 at home to Crewe despite creating a host of chances.

Tom Bradshaw’s early header put Walsall ahead but Ben Nugent’s low left-footed shot drew the Alex level after 18 minutes.

The Saddlers laid siege in the second-half, with Jason Demetriou, Kieron Morris, Jordan Cook and Bradshaw each going close - but we couldn’t find that winning goal.

“I don’t know how we’ve drawn that game,” said Forde.

“We played so well but couldn’t get the second goal. On another day it could have been four or five.

“We’ll take the draw but we definitely deserved to win. They’ll be delighted with the result. We have to take confidence from this performance going into the next game. There were so many positives. If we can play the same way, then we’ll get our luck.”

Recalled to the starting line-up, Forde’s in-swinging corner set up top-scorer Bradshaw to nod home Walsall's opener after three minutes.

“It was good to be back in the team,” said Forde.

“I was disappointed not to score but I was pleased with my performance.

“We’ve worked on corners recently and I told Tom to go to the near post. I was delighted that it worked.

"We had a lot of corners and we could probably have attacked them a bit better at times.

"It’s a bonus if you score from set pieces. From general play we create a lot of chances, but getting goals from set pieces will definitely help us.”

Despite the draw, Walsall remain second in League One – just three points behind leaders Burton.

“We’re nine games in now and are in second place,” said Forde.

“If someone had offered us that at the start of the season, we would definitely have taken it.

“We’re delighted with the position we’re in and need to try to stay in and around there now.”

After drawing 1-1 in each of our last two league games, the Saddlers will be hoping for three points at Scunthorpe tomorrow evening.

“It’ll be a tough test for us,” Forde admitted.

“It’ll be a different type of match to Crewe but we need to go into it feeling confident after recent performances.”

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