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WHITNEY LAMENTS SADDLERS' DEFENDING AFTER DRAW

14 April 2017

Saddlers held by Salop...

A disappointed Jon Whitney lamented his side’s defending after the Saddlers' 1-1 derby day draw with struggling Shrewsbury. 

Kieron Morris' 35th-minute header put Walsall ahead, but Stefan Payne levelled 20 minutes from time when he nodded home Shaun Whalley’s delivery. 

And Whitney felt his team should have defended the goal better. 

“I am very disappointed,” said Whitney. “That is a game where you need to see out a 1-0. The first half was very scrappy, a typical derby, there was not a lot of quality and you could sense the tension. 

“When we did start to get it down and play, we got our goal and deservedly so as well. 

“In the second half we knew they would put us under pressure and put three up top, and we would have to defend a lot of long balls. 

“I thought we did that really well but I’m not happy with their goal and I’ve told my players that. 

“I said at half-time that if they wanted to score a goal, then they need to be heading somebody’s elbow. It has to mean that much, to win your ugly 1-0s. 

“Twice we didn’t stop the cross and we defended poorly, woefully at the back stick to give them a free header in the six-yard box. I’m not accepting that.”

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