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Keates: We didn't start well enough

11 February 2019

Saddlers manager Dean Keates was encouraged by his side’s second-half performance against Blackpool but admits they didn’t give themselves a chance in the first 20 minutes.

Within that spell at the start of the first half, Seasiders striker Chris Long found the bottom corner from an acute angle, but from there on the Saddlers controlled of the game.

And after working their way back into the game in the second half, Keates felt the fine margins once again didn’t go the Saddlers’ way.

“We didn’t give ourselves a chance in the first 20 minutes,” said Keates.

“The way football is, you’ve got to earn the right to play and we’ve given a sloppy goal away.

“It’s a great finish off the kid from a tight angle. He’s put it in the bottom corner but we need to be higher. We were too deep.

“After the first 20 minutes, we grew into the game. We had opportunities in the first half and then in the second half we were camped in their half, and got caught out at the end.

“Dan Scarr has made a mistake, he’s done well to get himself back in and then he’s just tried to keep the game alive. He’s just got to clear his lines.

“It’s a tough one to take. Matt Jarvis has taken the penalty and the keeper has gone early and made a good save.

“It hits him and spins out the other side of the goal, that’s where our luck is at.

“If you keep working hard, you get your little bit of luck.

“One or two things aren’t bouncing for us in their box, they are the fine margins of football but we are accountable for our own 18-yard box.

“What you do from 18 to 18 is patterns of play and what happens in both 18-yard boxes dictates the result at the end of the game.

“We’ve now got a massive game for this football club now on Tuesday night.”


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