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Keates: a fair result

12 April 2018

Dean Keates felt a point apiece was the right outcome after the Saddlers and Oldham played out a 1-1 draw at Boundary Park.

Jack Fitzwater’s second Saddlers goal put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes, but Wolves loanee Duckens Nazon equalised just before half-time to ensure the spoils were shared.

“The important thing is they’ve not gained on us,” said Keates.

“We’ve added a point to our tally and we’ve jumped up a place in the table.

“In the first half we did well and created a few opportunities. Julien had a header he maybe should have done better with but he put it over. There was a strike as well from the edge of the box.

“Looking at the second half and how much pressure we were put under, and with the conditions the way they were, I’d probably say a point was fair for both teams.

“We were disappointed with the goal and we had highlighted beforehand how their lad operates, that he likes to roll inside on his right foot and he’s powerful. We didn’t deal with that and we felt a free-kick should have been awarded in the build-up.

“The commitment, passion and desire that we showed to keep a clean sheet in the second half was really pleasing.

“We’ve got four points from two games and we’ve got another big game at the weekend – our biggest game of the season – against Wimbledon, who are fighting for their lives.

“It’s another six-pointer.”

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