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Whitney thrilled with away success

23 September 2017

Jon Whitney was a happy man after we ended our wait for an away win with a 2-1 victory at Oxford.

The Saddlers dominated the first half, taking the lead on 32 minutes when Oztumer tapped in a Joe Edwards cross.

Oztumer and Tyler Roberts spurned chances before the latter doubled our lead with a low finish eight minutes after the break.

Ryan Ledson halved the deficit with a 78th-minute penalty but the visitors deservedly held on for all three points.

“I’m pleased for the lads, the group and the staff,” said the boss.

“We spoke to the lads about concentrating on performance.

“You can never guarantee a win – that’s something we can’t control – but we can control performance levels and they’ve been consistent this year.

“We were outstanding first half – 4-0 would have been a fair scoreline. I thought we completely passed them off the park and stopped them playing.

“The second half, we started really well for 20-25 minutes. They had a spell for 10-15 minutes and got the goal but we didn’t look like conceding after that.

“I thought it was a comfortable away win.”

Whitney continued: “We thought we could stop them playing as Pep [Clotet] wants them to play out from the back.

“I thought they put us under more pressure when they went a bit more direct later on.

“We’ve got pace and Zeli in the first half was outstanding. Kieron was a threat.

“I thought we defended really well and there were strong performances all over.”

 


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