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WHITNEY: A GAME OF FINE MARGINS

1 April 2017

Saddlers narrowly beaten by Bradford...

Jon Whitney was left to rue fine margins as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at play-off chasing Bradford. 

The only goal came on 58 minutes, Billy Clarke slamming home after the Saddlers were unable to clear Mark Marshall’s dangerous cross.

Andreas Makris twice went close for the visitors in the opening period, first volleying just wide from distance before bringing a smart stop from Bantams keeper Colin Doyle with a low drive. 

And the boss was disappointed we were unable to capitalise on an “accomplished” first-half display, admitting Bradford grew stronger after the interval. 

“It was a game of very fine margins,” said Whitney. 

“At half-time we came in very confident and comfortable. I thought we were the team who looked like scoring. 

“Andreas was really unlucky as their keeper pulled off a great save. It was an accomplished first-half performance. 

“We knew they’d come back into it, like they always do, and you’ve got to try to keep this crowd quiet – that was my message again at half-time. 

“We knew Marshall would be a threat and we kept him quiet in the first half, but the one time he got a little bit of space he created a goal. After that, it became difficult. 

“There were some good performances and I can’t fault the lads’ energy but it’s fine margins. 

“I’ve told them they can’t feel sorry for themselves and it’s about what we do next – we have to take positives out of that game into Saturday.”

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