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WHITNEY: A DESERVED VICTORY

17 April 2017

Edwards' goal earns a slender win over Swindon...

Jon Whitney felt his Saddlers team got the result they deserved after Joe Edwards’ late goal secured a dramatic 1-0 win over struggling Swindon. 

The left wing-back struck with five minutes remaining when he collected Erhun Oztumer’s incisive pass before drilling low across Town keeper Lawrence Vigouroux. 

Jason McCarthy earlier went close with an early which was cleared off the line, while Saddlers glovesman Craig MacGillivray made three fine stops to thwart Ben Gladwin. 

The victory was our first in seven matches, lifting Whitney’s men up a place to 13th in League One. 

“I thought we deserved the win,” Whitney said. “When you think about it, the first 15 seconds of each half, we could have scored two goals. 

“That is what I wanted from the players, to start on the front foot and try to get the crowd going from the off. 

“I thought the energy from both teams, the way we tried to play through the thirds and play our football, was a credit to both sets of players. 

“Usually when they are at the bottom, teams just put it forward and panic and try to get a goal that way but the way Swindon play, I think you have to give them a bit of credit. 

“Luke (Williams) has got them playing really well and over the last four games they are one of the form teams so we knew it would be difficult. 

“But I thought our discipline was really good and we got a deserved goal. Overall, I thought we shaded it. 

“We’re three unbeaten now and we want to try to finish this season unbeaten – because you can take that momentum into next season. 

“We didn’t hide away, we tried to play it from the back and took a bit of a risk. We retained the ball and stopped the opposition getting pressure. 

“The players have opportunities to keep that shirt now. Some people say we have nothing to play for – but if you look at the reaction of the fans after the goal, that’s not a team with nothing to play for. 

“We want to finish as high as we can and with the game in hand we can possibly go 11th which is a great incentive for my players.”

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