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Devlin gives honest assessment of Doncaster defeat

17 September 2018

Club News

Devlin gives honest assessment of Doncaster defeat

17 September 2018

Defender Nicky Devlin gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance following the Saddlers' first defeat in League One this season.

Doncaster recorded a 4-1 win at the Banks’s and Devlin refused to make excuses, conceding the team performance wasn't up to the usual standards.

But the 24-year-old wanted to reassure fans that the team will be doing everything in their power to bounce back next weekend, when they head to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford United.

“To say we had a bad day at the office was a bit of an understatement,” said Devlin.

“Everyone from the goalkeeper to the strikers, every single player was below par.

“In this league, against a team that is doing well, that just isn’t going to cut it. We were punished by the better team.

“Doncaster came here and played really well, especially in the first half. We have now got to dust ourselves down and be ready for next Saturday.

“We weren’t as dominant as we have been in previous games and we let Doncaster come here and play, which we haven’t done so far and we can’t afford to do.

“It was one of those days, everything just went wrong and it’s now about how we react. We hadn’t had a defeat in the league before, so it is all about how we bounce back.

“There were a lot of boys in the dressing room who were unhappy and hurting but it has to hurt.

“Too many times last year we lost games and it was maybe just an acceptance, but there doesn’t seem like there is going to be an acceptance this year.

“Under the gaffer that isn’t going to be allowed to happen.

“We have all got to stick together, have another good week’s training and we will go to Oxford looking to bounce back.”

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