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Dutton: Chelsea win can be our springboard

4 December 2019

Assistant & Development Phase Coach Brian Dutton is hoping that Tuesday night’s fantastic turnaround against Chelsea’s Under-21s can now be used as a springboard for the team.

Goals from Caolan Lavery, Wes McDonald and an injury time winner from Dan Scarr ensured that the Saddlers booked themselves a place in the third round of the Leasing.com Trophy.

 

And Dutton is now hopeful that after seeing a response from the team at half-time, this victory can be a turning point in the season.

 

“Hopefully it’s a springboard for us,” said Dutton.

 

"We've been waiting a long time for a turning point in this season and hopefully this can be one of those turning points.

 

"This type of victory will breed confidence for the boys and show that they can come from behind and they can turn it around.

 

"Hopefully there's more confidence in the attacking side of the game and a bit more belief because we need that and we need the turning point.”

 

The 34-year-old admitted that there were some harsh words said at half-time with the Saddlers 2-0 down courtesy of two goals from Tariq Lamptey.

 

“The gaffer has gone into the dressing room at half-time and he’s been very blunt with the guys,” Dutton continued. 

 

“It wasn’t acceptable, the first half performance. 

 

“There wasn’t much tactical talking, it was more a case of ‘listen lads, you got us in this mess, you have to pull yourselves out of it - go and show us what you can do second half.’ 

 

“To be fair to the lads, they’ve rolled their sleeves up second half and they’ve represented the badge honourably.” 


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