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Dutton wants more from the Saddlers

2 October 2019

Walsall Assisstant Coach Brian Dutton was pleased to see the Saddlers keep another clean sheet but has called for them to show a bit more composure.

Walsall earned a 1-0 victory against Southampton Under 21s last night in the Leasing.com Trophy thanks to Dan Scarr’s goal on the stroke of half time.

Dutton admitted he loves 1-0 victories and praised the Saddlers solidity but wanted to see more from the team in an attacking sense.

“It was bittersweet,” he said.

“It’s another solid performance in terms of the 1-0, a clean sheet, it’s my favourite scoreline 1-0, believe it or not.

“I’d like to see a little bit more composure in possession and give the fans something to cheer about.”

“It’s been very robust so far this season, we’re looking to try and implement more attacking football and a little bit more composure in possession, just to show our qualities.” 

The defenders have stood out for the Saddlers this season. Not only for keeping seven clean sheets but for scoring goals down the other end as well.

Striker Josh Gordon had a frustrating time in front of goal against Southampton and is still searching for his first goal of the season.

Dutton is confident a goal will come for the 24-year-old sooner rather than later and has urged him to keep plugging away.

"It'll come for Josh,” he commented. “We said to all the strikers it's peaks and troughs with strikers, sometimes you get them and they're on fire and sometimes it takes a while for them to get on a run.

"He needs to keep his confidence, keep his belief and he needs to keep putting himself in the right situations to score goals.

"It's no good if he starts coming away from the goal - he'll get there, he's got a great work ethic, he's got a great attitude and I'm sure he'll get there.”


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