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Whitney: Saddlers are looking up

2 September 2017

Jon Whitney says his Saddlers team are looking up the table after today’s deserved 2-1 win over newly-promoted Plymouth.

Debutant Daniel Agyei’s header and Erhun Oztumer’s second-half strike secured all three points, despite Argyle’s Graham Carey replying with a controversial late penalty.

The result extended our unbeaten run to four matches and lifted us up to tenth in the embryonic League One table.

“I felt quite confident right through it,” said Whitney.

“It’s a good sign when you’re looking forward to games. There’s a really good energy about the place.

“Second half was scrappy, but straight from the off the energy was there.

“Plymouth are a useful team. They are very well-drilled, have a threat and put you under pressure, but I don’t think Gilly [Mark Gillespie] had that much to do.

“I thought they were very fortunate with the penalty – I didn’t think that was a penalty.

“Their threat came from corners, they put it into the final third early, but I thought we defended really resolutely throughout.

“Teams are going to put you under pressure and put it forward early but we will deal with that.

“We can handle the physical side and we have the quality when it’s needed, like with Oztumer for the second goal.

“As a team they deserve it. We’ve got ourselves into a good position in the top 10 and we can look upwards now and see if we can start to build on this run.”


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