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Phillips calls on Saddlers to be more clinical

27 September 2021

Walsall forward Kieran Phillips admitted the Saddlers need to be more clinical in front of goal.

The 21-year-old found the net on Saturday to give Matt Taylor’s side the lead but it wasn’t enough as Bristol Rovers came from behind to claim the three points.

Phillips was frustrated the team were unable to collect any points on Saturday and called on the Saddlers to be more ruthless after he and George Miller both had opportunities in the second half prior to the Pirates’ goals.

“We’ve got to be more clinical,” Phillips admitted.

“That would have seen the game off and probably got us three points. That’s again something we can work on during the week and next week we can hopefully take our chances.

“I think it’s disappointing to not take something from that game. I thought we were on top for the first half and the start of the second but we’ve conceded two set pieces again which is just not good enough and we come away with nothing from the game.

“We worked on them all last week so we knew exactly what our jobs were. It wasn’t good enough so it will be another week of working on them as much as we can because that can’t happen again.”

On a personal note, Phillips scored his third goal of the campaign with a composed finish in the first half.

He was pleased to add to his tally and is keen to continue scoring regularly.

“It’s what I’ve come here to do, play minutes, score goals and thankfully at the moment I’m doing that and I hope it continues,” he commented.

“I found that space on the left, cut inside and it popped up nicely for me and all I thought was getting a good connection on it. Thankfully, I did and it went through the keeper’s legs and in.”

Attention now turns to next weekend's trip to Exeter City. 

Tickets are still available at our e-ticketing site. 


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