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Whitney pleased with Saddlers showing in Dale draw

23 December 2017

Club News

Whitney pleased with Saddlers showing in Dale draw

23 December 2017

Jon Whitney was pleased with his team’s performance in today’s 1-1 draw at Rochdale.

Calvin Andrew put Dale ahead after 63 minutes but Maz Kouhyar came off the bench to score a late equaliser – his first league goal – and rescue a hard-earned draw.

“In the first half, I thought the lads executed the game plan brilliantly and we were the better team,” said Whitney, who celebrates his 47th birthday today.

“We contained them and they’re usually a really high energy team. We limited them to very few chances and frustrated them – we didn’t give the crowd anything to get on their feet about.

“We were a bit disappointed we didn’t go in with a lead at half-time.

“We said they were going to get a reaction at half-time but we didn’t allow them to. I felt we got the first punch in again – similar to Scunthorpe.

“Our energy was really good but then we got the sucker-punch with their goal, which I didn’t see coming.

“It was a bit fortuitous but then we had a ten-minute spell where we stopped trying to play.

“When we did have a nice passage of play, we put it out wide to Erhun [Oztumer] one v one and he created that opportunity [for Kouhyar’s goal].

“It was nice to see us have six in the box and it was great for Maz to come on and get his goal – I was made up for him.

“It would have been a harsh result had we not got something from the game. I’m disappointed not to win with the possession we had, but we’ll take a point.”

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