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4 April 2017

Wing-back felt we deserved a point at Bradford on Saturday...

Joe Edwards knows the Saddlers are not being outplayed at present but says the side need to keep working hard on the training ground to get back to winning ways. 

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Bradford came via Billy Clarke’s 57th-minute winner, after a first half in which the visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock at Valley Parade. 

Andreas Makris’ fine shot on the turn was well parried by Colin Doyle, as was an effort from Kieron Morris in the second half. 

Edwards believes we can take encouragement from our performance, if not the overall result - and the goal we eventually conceded. 

“It does (give us encouragement) - we play against the top teams and hold our own,” said Edwards. 

“In the first half I thought we were the better side - the game-plan worked and we created a couple of chances. 

“When you come to places like Bradford you want to quieten the crowd and I thought we did that but it’s disappointing that we didn’t quite do the same in the second half and they got the win in the end. 

“We were disappointed with the goal. I think we could have all done better as a team leading up to it. 

“They had a bit of pressure - we knew it was going to come and it was how we dealt with it, we’re a little bit disappointed with how we did that. 

“There’s still plenty of areas we can improve and we need to do that leading to the end of the season. 

"We’re still fighting for as much as we can and are going to play every game as best we can. 

“There’s still plenty to play for for us, personally and as a team, so we need to get back on the training field and work hard. 

“A draw probably would have been a fair result there but we need to do the little details better. 

"We’ve come very close in a lot of games and we’re just missing out on that final detail. 

“We know we’ve got work to do but we’re not being outplayed at the moment in games which is, I suppose, a positive. 

“We’ve got to work on the negative and try to improve.” 

What was manager Jon Whitney’s reaction to the game? 

“He was fairly happy at half-time but disappointed with the second half,” added Edwards. 

“I don’t think we started the second half well enough and like I said, it’s the minor details where they probably did the basics better than us in the second half. 

“In League One that seems to be the biggest difference - whoever does the basics usually comes out on top. 

“Those are the fine details we’re missing at the moment. 

“We’re not getting outplayed by the top teams and we’re still competing - that gives us hope. 

“But it’s something we need to work on, definitely.”

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