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Keates hails Saddlers’ resilience after ‘deserved’ draw

8 September 2018

Dean Keates hailed his side’s resilience after the Saddlers came from behind to draw with Barnsley.

Jack Fitzwater’s unfortunate own goal put the Tykes in front but substitute Andy Cook rescued a point – and preserved our unbeaten league record – with a late equaliser.

“We deserved something out of it,” said Keates.

“In the first 45 minutes we were organised and played to a game plan. We counter-attacked at pace and created opportunities.

“We could probably have gone 1-0 up in the first minute of the second half.

“But then we got caught from a scruffy set-piece – it ricocheted off three or four people and ended up in the bottom corner. 

“After that, they put us under a lot of pressure. We had to gamble and come out of our shape and leave bodies forward to try and get an equaliser.

“One or two times they broke in numbers at pace but their final ball probably wasn’t good enough and they didn’t kill us off.

“Our lads kept going and give my bodies credit – the resilience they showed was outstanding.”


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