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Ismail: we should have won

13 August 2018

Zeli Ismail felt the Saddlers were unlucky not to walk away from Glanford Park with all three points on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old scored his first goal of the season just after the hour mark from the penalty spot to level the scores, in a game filled with chances for Dean Keates’ men.

Ismail, who re-signed for the club in the summer transfer window, said: “It was a game we should have won.

“We did a bit of work on them from the Coventry game; they finished 0-0 in the first half and then in the second half they managed to win, so we were hoping it wouldn’t be a déjà vu situation for us.

“They managed to get the goal and we did really well to get the goal back and we could have won it at the end.

“Even though we were the away team we wanted to be on the front foot.

“We didn’t want to just sit back and defend - you can’t go for 90 minutes sitting back and expect to win the game.”

With plenty of flowing football on offer throughout the game from an energetic Saddlers side, Ismail revealed the manager has told the attacking players to express themselves in the final third.

He continued: “The manager wants plenty of energy and tempo from us and in the final third - he doesn’t want us to be like robots.

“Yes we do have a philosophy on how we want to play but if we see a better option on the pitch, we should take it.

“We are really happy with Morgs [Morgan Ferrier], he has played really well and Cookie [Andy Cook] holds the ball up fantastically for me and Josh (Ginnelly).

“They are both big target men for me and Josh to get balls into the box for them.”


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