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Whitney pleased with Walsall response

16 September 2017

Jon Whitney was pleased with his side’s performance in today’s 1-1 draw with Peterborough.

Erhun Oztumer’s 37th-minute strike put the Saddlers ahead but Gwion Edwards’ second-half volley earned second-placed Posh a point.

Whitney was delighted with his players’ work ethic and their response to Tuesday’s defeat at Rotherham.

“It was important that we got a response today and I thought the energy from the lads was excellent,” said Whitney.

“After defeats to Bristol Rovers and Rotherham, to know that you’ve got Peterborough next, it’s one of the toughest games you can have because they’ve got goals right through the team.

“For us to handle them like we have, nullify them, and have a threat and be a little bit unlucky not to win it, is very pleasing for me as a manager. Credit to the players.

“Peterborough are a dangerous team but we stifled them really well. I thought the work ethic from the players and sticking to the game plan first half was outstanding and it was a deserved 1-0 lead at half-time.

“They were always going to come back into it. They have got the type of players who can create from nothing.

“They had a disallowed goal. We hit the crossbar in the first half and then the post in the second – if that goes in, it’s a turning point, we’re 2-0 up and suddenly it’s a different game. At 1-0, you’re always open to them hitting back.

“But, in general, for 70 minutes, I thought we were the better team and they have come into it after that.”


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