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SAWYERS PRAISES RESILIENT WALSALL

22 March 2016

Saddlers came from behind to snatch dramatic win...

Playmaker Romaine Sawyers praised his side’s resilience after Walsall battled back from a goal down to beat Colchester.

Alex Gilbey’s header on the stroke of half-time looked to have condemned the Saddlers to a first defeat under interim head coach Jon Whitney.

But Walsall staged a rousing late fightback, with Tom Bradshaw netting an 89th-minute equaliser before Matt Preston hammered home a dramatic winner deep in added time.

“I’ve never felt like that in football - it felt like we’d won the league!” admitted Sawyers afterwards.

“Everyone was excited and didn’t know where to run, where to look, who to grab – they were great scenes.

"At half time we said we could get back into the game. It probably took longer than we expected but as long as we get the three points it's alright.

“We came good at the end. After the first goal, it looked like we could go and get a second goal and created three or four chances.

"It was a game where our performance wasn't as pretty as people associate us with as we're a pretty passing team.

“But it showed the resilience we've got, which is the kind of thing you need to get promoted. We showed the other side to our game and got our just rewards."

Walsall now have a two-week break from League One action after our Easter fixtures against Gillingham and Shrewsbury were postponed due to internationals.

And Sawyers, who is away on international duty with Saint Kitts and Nevis, believes a short break could help us ahead of a frantic end to the campaign.

"April is massive now and the break will do us good going into that,” he added.

“Other teams won’t be getting the break that we are going to get because of the international games.

"It gives the players who are not going away the chance to rest and recuperate, and then we can really attack the remaining games."

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