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CUTLER PRAISES PLAYERS AFTER GILLS DRAW

19 October 2016

Moussa earns Saddlers a point at Priestfield...

First-team coach Neil Cutler was full of praise for his Walsall players after the hard-fought 1-1 draw at out-of-form Gillingham. 

Cody McDonald’s 25-minute header put the Gills in front, but Franck Moussa levelled on 59 minutes when he profited on a Jonathan Bond error. 

The draw leaves the Saddlers 14th in League One, four points off the play-offs with a game in hand. 

“It was a good point,” said Cutler. “Our distances to press were very good and the things we have been working on in training over the last few weeks all seem to be coming together. 

“That has culminated in us picking up points and getting results. We need to continue this run we’re on and keep working on the things we need to improve on. 

“But I thought the boys were spot on, our movement around the ball, the way we pressed, we didn’t give them a second. 

“I’d say we had the majority of the ball and they hit us with a counter but we recovered really well [from the first goal]. 

“We got stronger from that and we had a really good spell after our goal which is a sign of progression. 

“We have got a resilience now, a team spirit and you can see that bond. The players look at one another and they can see everyone is giving it a right go.” 

Moussa’s second-half strike was his second goal in Walsall colours and Cutler believes there will be more goals to come from him. 

“Franck scores goals like that,” Cutler added. “He anticipates things and gets himself into really good areas. 

“He’s a bright kid and he’ll score more goals like that. He sees opportunities, he sees space and he’s got two great feet as well. We’re really pleased with him.”

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