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Keates: the right result

1 September 2018

Dean Keates gave an honest assessment of his side’s goalless draw with Blackpool as the Saddlers made it six games unbeaten in League One.

In a game where neither side created any real clear-cut chances, Keates wanted to take positives from the draw - the biggest being the first clean sheet of the season.

With standout performances from the back five, which has been an ever-present in the league, Keates insists he never thought his side were going to concede against the Tangerines.

He said: “We have been after a clean sheet for the past few weeks and we haven’t kept one but today I thought we always looked like we were going to keep one.

"I don’t think we did enough to win a football match if I am being honest. The result was a fair one.

“I thought we were a little bit lacklustre when we got into certain areas when we were going forward. The final detail, whether it was a cross or a pass, just wasn’t there.

“They were good, that is me being entirely honest about our performance.

“Don’t take anything away from Blackpool, they are a good team and they have got some big lads and they are a tough side to play.”

One area where Keates will be looking for an improvement is the delivery from set pieces.

In a game with big men in both sides, the manager thought his players could have made better decisions with the final ball.

He continued: “We had to make sure we were sorted set-piece wise and that we were brave with them because they have a lot more bigger lads than us.

“We have just spoken to the lads about our set-pieces. That last little detail from our set-pieces wasn’t there today and it wasn’t right.

“We got into decent enough areas but the cross selection wasn’t great either.”

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