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O'DRISCOLL: POSITIVES IN THE PERFORMANCE

8 February 2016

The Saddlers beaten by Millwall...

Walsall head coach Sean O’Driscoll felt there were “lots of positives” to take from his side’s performance despite losing 3-0 at home to Millwall.

The Saddlers enjoyed the better of the opening hour, with Anthony Forde and Rico Henry each rattling the woodwork.

And the missed chances proved costly, as Lee Gregory’s brace and Mahlon Romeo’s debut goal secured victory for the Lions.

“We were disappointed more with the scoreline than the way we performed,” said O’Driscoll afterwards.

“We got chasing the game but for large parts, I thought we did really well.

“We were in control until they scored the first goal. With the conditions how they were, the first goal was always going to be crucial and we couldn’t quite get it.

“It was one of those games where we just couldn’t get the ball over the line but we kept plugging away so credit to them for that.

“I am disappointed with the result but there were lots of positives in the performance. We’ve got to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives.”

Walsall have taken one point from a possible nine on home soil in 2016, having drawn 1-1 with Blackpool and lost 3-0 to both Rochdale and Millwall.

But O’Driscoll says he isn’t concerned by our recent home results.

“Teams are not going to come here and roll over,” said the 58-year-old.

“We just need to keep doing the same things that we’re doing because the home performances have been really good.

“We should have beaten Blackpool - that was just the luck of the draw with a ricochet from a free-kick.

“Give credit to Rochdale, they were the first team to come here with a real plan to actually try to stop us.

“They pressed high and caught us a bit cold but since then we’ve understood what each game has required.

“And even against Millwall, in the conditions, we could have been 3-0 up at half-time and I don’t think anyone would have complained.”

Walsall will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Crewe next weekend.

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