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O'DRISCOLL: FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES

25 January 2016

Walsall conceded a late equaliser against Blackpool...

Head coach Sean O’Driscoll was keen to focus on the positives despite watching his side concede a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

Jason Demetriou’s tap-in put the Saddlers ahead, but Danny Philliskirk scored a dramatic 94th-minute leveller to rescue Blackpool a point.

A victory would have moved Walsall back to the top of League One. Instead, we slipped out of the automatic-promotion places to third.

But despite the result, O’Driscoll remained positive afterwards.

“I was delighted with the performance and thought the players adapted really well to a difficult game,” said the 58-year-old.

“Blackpool came here on the back of an excellent 5-0 win against Scunthorpe and were full of confidence.

“In the first-half, they looked dangerous every time we lost the ball in their final third; they were a threat on the counter attack.

“We evolved as the game went on and controlled the second half. They didn’t create a chance apart from the goal.

“But that’s football - we would have been delighted had it been on the other foot.

“But the goal didn’t change what I thought about the game – and I told the players afterwards that I thought they were excellent, absolutely excellent.

“It was a different type of game to what we’ve been used to but I thought we showed that we’ve learnt and we’re a much more solid outfit when things are difficult.

“We can be disappointed with the result but that doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s important we take all the positives from the game.”

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