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DEMETRIOU: BLACKPOOL DRAW FELT LIKE A DEFEAT

25 January 2016

Walsall held by the Seasiders...

Walsall right-back Jason Demetriou admitted his side’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool “felt like a defeat”.

The 28-year-old put the Saddlers ahead midway through the second-half with a tap-in from Andy Taylor's cross-shot.

But Blackpool snatched a point in the fourth minute of added time, when Danny Philliskirk drilled home from close range.

The result meant Walsall missed the chance to go top of League One and instead slipped to third.

“It was definitely two points dropped,” said Demetriou.

“We were gutted in the dressing room afterwards. It felt like a defeat because we dominated so much of the game.

“The gaffer said he was really impressed with our second-half performance so to come away with just a point was harsh.

"But that’s football.”

Despite the result, Demetriou produced one of his finest displays of the season against the Seasiders.

Not only was he named the sponsors' - and supporters' - man of the match, the attack-minded full-back also scored his third Walsall goal.

“Sometimes you just get a sense that it could fall to you and I’ve been lucky that it’s fallen to me and I’ve scored a few goals,” he said.



“I used to always be a winger and to be honest, I hate defending!

“I like to make sure that I’m always attacking, but you’ve got to try to get the balance right.

“Over the last four or five years I’ve tried to learn off different managers how to play that position.

“The gaffer allows me the freedom to get forward - as long as we’re not struggling at the back.

“Hopefully there are more goals to come.”

Walsall take on Fleetwood tomorrow evening - and Demetriou says the squad are determined to get back to winning ways.

“We’re all excited to put it right and get back to the top of the league,” he said.

“They’re a high-pressing team and their manager has them working hard.

“But we won’t worry too much about what they’re doing, we’ll get back on to what we’re doing and the most important thing is to get three points.

“We want promotion and we’ll deserve it if we continue how we’re going. “

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