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Dutton disappointed with lack of cutting edge in both boxes

4 May 2021

Walsall Head Coach was disappointed with his team in both penalty boxes after they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Morecambe on Saturday.

The Saddlers dominated in the first half but conceded on the stroke of half time before Yann Songo’o doubled the Shrimps’ lead with 13 minutes to go.

Dutton felt his side played some decent football at times but was frustrated with the lack of cutting edge where it mattered.

“I think if there was a game that encapsulated my tenure it would have been that game there,” he commented.

“It was fairly pretty between both boxes, we looked good on the eye, we moved the ball quite well but we’ve given away a soft goal and looked blunt at the other end of the pitch.
“You’ve got to be solid defensively, limit the opportunities the amount of chances you give the opposition and you’ve got to take your opportunities at the other end. We did neither and got punished for it.

“It was a fairly positive first half. We got on the front foot, attacked and created opportunities, albeit small opportunities but we were on the front foot.

“From a defensive aspect, a defensive error for the first half and that’s difficult to coach.

“The second one was a set piece and set pieces are what we’ve been the best, if not one of the best in the league at all season so bitterly disappointed but the game is about both boxes.”

The Saddlers travel to Carlisle United on Saturday for the final match of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Dutton is keen to right the wrongs from the Morecambe defeat and try to finish on a positive note in Cumbria at the weekend.

He added:  “Like we have done all season, we dust ourselves down, chew the fat on it, understand what’s gone wrong, try and rectify that in training and look forward to our next fixture which is Carlisle and going there on the day to try and get three points.”

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