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Keates: Saddlers deserved a 'minimum of a draw'

12 January 2019

Dean Keates felt his side deserved a “minimum of a draw” from today’s 2-1 defeat against Scunthorpe.

Goals from Funso Ojo and Lee Novak, either side of a Nicky Devlin effort, gave the Iron all three points.

Keates believed his side looked more likely after Devlin’s equaliser but conceded the Saddlers needed to maintain the pressure.

“We feel we did enough to get at minimum of a draw out of it,” said the boss.

“As soon as we got the goal, we were on the front.

“But that’s what Scunthorpe are about; they’re organised, disciplined and stay in the game. I wouldn’t say smash and grab but maybe to an extent they have.

“That’s where we need to be a bit more savvy. When we’re on top, we need to keep the tempo as high as we can but maybe do a few other things.

“First half especially, we got a lot of crosses into the box. We need to be more proactive. There were opportunities to get shots off and we didn’t take them.

“I don’t recall Robbo [Liam Roberts] actually having to make a save. He’s cut the few crosses he’s had to come and take.

“We look back at the first goal and we’ve got a player in the wrong slot and he’s not taken on the information where he should be.

“The second one, it’s difficult, and I think it came against the run of play.”

The boss also gave an update on his strikers.

“Morgan felt his hamstring and we’ll see how it settles down the next two days. Cook’s had a bit of a whack to his shoulder and he had a bit of anaesthetic at half-time.”


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