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WHITNEY REMAINING UPBEAT

4 April 2016

Walsall beaten at Sheffield United...

Head coach Jon Whitney refused to get too downbeat after watching his Walsall side lose 2-0 against Sheffield United.

The Saddlers struggled to find their rhythm in a drab affair, with first-half goals from Chris Basham and Billy Sharp handing the Blades a comfortable victory.

“It was a bit frustrating,” said Whitney afterwards. “I couldn’t fault the players for their effort or application but there were decisions we could have made better.

“It was a bit of a chess match until the first goal went in. We were a bit disappointed with the first goal and that turned the momentum. It gave them a little burst of energy.

“It made it more difficult for us to get back into the game, and then the second goal gives us even more of a hill to climb, but we’ve climbed those hills before.

“I thought we were the better team in the second half and the third goal was going to be really big but we weren’t able to get that.

“But I can’t just be this happy person when we win games. I have to still be upbeat and have this emotional base line.

“We’ve got a week now to try to get ready for Oldham. We need to make ourselves hard to beat and we’ll be looking to get the three points there.”

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