Spirited Saddlers came from 2-0 down at Bury...
Jon Whitney hailed with his side’s character after the Saddlers staged a stirring second-half comeback in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Bury.
Whitney’s men trailed 2-0 at the break, but an Erhun Oztumer free-kick and a Jason McCarthy double – all in the space of eight second-half minutes – turned the match on its head.
The Saddlers looked set to make it three successive league wins for the first time this campaign, only for Tom Soares to equalise right at the death.
“It was a tale of two halves really, admitted Whitney.
“We knew it was going to be a tricky game. They had a good win against Peterborough and they’ve got threats, with Pope when he’s in that kind of form, Vaughan and Hope’s a handful as well.
“The first goal changed it but I thought we responded well. The second goal was a fluke, and at half-time, would I have been happy with a point? Yes. But at full-time, am I disappointed with a point? Yes I am.
“We were two minutes away from winning it and their third goal was a bit too easy. But in the second half we showed a lot of character, a lot of belief.
“At half-time, none of our heads were down. We still believed that if we could get the next goal, we could go on and win it – and we nearly did.
“We’re disappointed but there are no regrets. We gave it our all and nearly came out on top. It just keeps a bit of a run going and pushes us on to Wednesday and Millwall.”
Whitney was particularly pleased with the performance of Southampton loanee McCarthy, who has now scored five goals this season.
“I thought the first one was a really good finish and the second one he got himself into a good position inside the box,” said McCarthy.
“He and Joe [Edwards] enjoy that wing-back role and you can see why, because they get themselves in the box and they create more bodies in there as well.”