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Keates: positives to take from cup exit

29 August 2018

Dean Keates was disappointed to see his side knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Macclesfield Town.

The Saddlers came from two goals down to lead 3-2, only to concede a stoppage-time equaliser and then lose 3-1 on penalties, with Town keeper Kieran O’Hara saving three spot-kicks.

Although bitterly disappointed, Keates was keen to take the positives from the game.

“We are disappointed that we have been knocked out of the cup,” he said.

“It is a lottery when it goes to penalties – a bit of a dual between a goalkeeper and whoever is taking a penalty.

“Their goalkeeper has come out on top and unfortunately for us we are on the receiving end but there are a lot of positives to take out of the game.

“To get back into a winning position having been 2-0 down is positive for us and we had a lot of possession and dominated for long periods of the game.

“We could have had better decisions in the final third and a better choice of shot selection.

“We could have also had a better choice of cross because our final ball wasn’t up to scratch.

“But we should have had a free-kick before their equaliser.”

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