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WHITNEY: WE DESERVED A BIT OF LUCK

21 March 2016

Walsall come from behind to beat Colchester...

Interim head coach Jon Whitney conceded his side were fortunate to beat Colchester on Saturday but felt the Saddlers were due some luck.

Alex Gilbey’s first-half header looked to have condemned Walsall to a seventh home reverse of the season until Tom Bradshaw rifled in an 89th-minute equaliser from Matt Preston’s flick-on.

And, quite incredibly, super-sub Preston then hammered home after a goalmouth scramble, deep in added time, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The result maintained our automatic promotion push, keeping us level on points with second-placed Wigan.

And speaking afterwards, Whitney praised his players’ efforts – as well as their self-management.

“We said at half-time to keep believing because it might be the one chance you get,” he said.

“We knew Colchester were going to be a serious test as they’ve got some really good offensive players.

“But we kept going. Matty went up front – that came from the players, not the sidelines – that was their self-management. When you are behind you have to do things differently.

“He gets the flick for Tom’s goal and then ends up getting the winner.

“It was probably undeserved, to be honest, as I thought Colchester were fantastic – they gave it a great effort.

“We could have played better and made better decisions but that wasn’t through a lack of work ethic.

"But the way the lads have worked and all the changes they have had to put up with this season, they deserve it.

“Over the course of a season luck evens itself out and I think we got a bit of luck today.

“It’s credit to the players, staff and fans. The last ten minutes, the atmosphere was exactly how I want it to be.

“It was a fantastic feeling to win the game.”

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