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O'DRISCOLL: WE MUST LEARN FROM DEFEAT

22 February 2016

Walsall beaten 2-1 by Wigan...

Head coach Sean O’Driscoll has told his players to learn from Walsall’s gut-wrenching 2-1 home defeat against promotion-rivals Wigan.

Conor McAleny’s sensational first-half strike put the Latics ahead, but Sam Mantom equalised with a spectacular half-volley on 68 minutes.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until substitute Yanic Wildschut fired home in the first minute of added time.

“We struggled in the first half to get any rhythm,” admitted O’Driscoll afterwards.

“Wigan’s game plan was to stop the full-backs and do a job on Romaine, they had an extra man in midfield and you’ve got to give them some credit.

“The first-half was a bit like a chess match, we cancelled each other out although they were probably slightly better from a forward point of view.

“A worldy goal put them in front, which you can’t legislate for.

"We put a new perspective on the game at half-time and we came out and were much more comfortable in what we were trying to do.

“Sam scored a fantastic goal to get us back into it and the momentum was with us. Unfortunately, another fine strike in the last minute won it for them.

“It’s disappointing but you have to learn from everything. The players can take the credit for adapting as it was not an easy game to play in.”

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