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Keates: ‘we were by far the better team’

23 March 2019

A disappointed Dean Keates felt the Saddlers were “by far the better team” in the last-gasp 1-0 defeat by second-placed Barnsley.

Jacob Brown’s 92nd-minute goal gave the promotion-chasing Tykes a dramatic win, in a match the hosts dominated for long spells.

Josh Gordon, Corey Blackett-Taylor and Zeli Ismail all went close for the Saddlers, with Isaiah Osbourne also having a goal disallowed.

“I thought for 90 minutes we were by far the better team,” said Keates.

“We created chances and that shows where we are at the moment – a little bit of naivety and not being ruthless enough with the opportunities.

“If it was two or three nil, I don’t think anyone could have moaned at the score.

“We created opportunities and set traps on where we could counter on them.

“They like to keep you penned in and put their game on to you. We flipped it and looked to put our game onto them.

“It’s disappointing. A massive, massive body blow.

“We’ve got some massive games coming up and if we keep performing like that, and produce those 90-minute performances, something will turn and go in our favour.”


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