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CHAMBERS FULL OF PRAISE FOR FIRST-HALF DISPLAY

28 April 2016

Skipper pleased with Shrewsbury result and performance...

Captain Adam Chambers felt Walsall were back to something close to their best in the first half of Tuesday’s vital 2-1 victory over local-neighbours Shrewsbury.

The Saddlers controlled the opening period, with Kieron Morris’ crisp 11th-minute drive and Rico Henry’s deflected effort giving them a two-goal half-time lead.

Ex-Walsall full-back Mat Sadler's powerful header gave Shrewsbury hope but the hosts held on.

“It was a good win and in the first half we were back to near our best – it was more what we’re about,” said Chambers.

“We were very disappointed at the weekend and we spoke about how we wanted to bounce back.

“Our first-half performance was very good and we could have been ahead by more. We knew they had a lot to play for – they’re still fighting to stay up – and we knew we had to come flying out of the blocks.

“I was impressed with the lads and the tempo we had in the first half especially.

“We would have like to have had more control of the game in the second half but it wasn’t to be. I thought we still looked a threat going forward.

“They got a goal back and we knew we’d have to dig deep to keep them out. It was pleasing that we held on.”

Walsall are now three points behind second-placed Burton with just two games remaining – and Chambers insists “anything can happen”.

“We knew we had to beat Shrewsbury and I imagine we’ll have to win our next two games to give ourselves any chance,” he said.

“We know what’s at stake and we know what we’re playing for. We need to come out with the same tempo on Monday.

“Fleetwood have got a lot to play for and it’s not going to be an easy game, even though they’re near the bottom of the table.

“They gave us a good game at their place and we’ll have to be at our best to get a positive result.

“Anything can happen in football. Things can often look done and dusted but, as we have seen, it can all change very quickly.

“We’ve got to do our part and we’ll see what happens from there.”

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