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Dutton felt Saddlers deserved Port Vale win

25 January 2021

Walsall Assistant Coach Brian Dutton felt the Saddlers deserved their victory away at Port Vale on Saturday.

Elijah Adebayo scored either side of Tom Conlon’s free-kick before the three points were sealed when David Fitzpatrick’s back pass trickled into his own net.

Dutton was pleased with how the Saddlers acquitted themselves in the second half and felt the team showed their robust side to pick up the victory.

“Similar to Morecambe, it wasn’t one for the purists,” said Dutton.

“The football on show was very back to front and robust but if you step foot on the pitch you’ll understand why. It’s a terrible pitch to play football on.

“It was a game about territory and winning second balls. Winning it on a set piece or with a little bit of skill and craft.

“We were deserved winners in the end.

“The first half we started well and took our foot off the gas. We let them back into the game and finished the first half really poorly.

“In the second half we asserted ourselves and deserved the win.”

It was the second time this season that Walsall had won by more than one goal.

Dutton was pleased to see the team kill the game off and stressed it’s something the Saddlers should be looking to do more often.

"There hasn't been too many games this season where we've won by two goals, that's something we have to bring to the table,” he commented.

"It's almost like we go a goal ahead and we apologise for it. We let teams back in and we're too good of a team to do that.

"We have fantastic players and individuals who just have to get that belief to start putting teams to the sword.

"They did that (against Port Vale) so it's another building block in the right direction.

"We have two or three weeks of Saturday to Saturday fixtures which allows us to get the boys on the training field and get some good quality work into them.

"We're looking forward to it.”

The Saddlers will now be looking forward to Saturday’s game against Mansfield Town at the Banks’s Stadium.

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