Football

Walsall boss looking to strengthen

Smith ready to strengthen (©PAphotos)
Smith ready to strengthen (©PAphotos).

Walsall manager Dean Smith is still looking for his first win since taking charge but could not fault his players' desire in a 1-1 home draw with Oldham.

Filipe Morais had put the Latics in front against the run of in the first half, but the Saddlers teenage defender Darryl Westlake equalised with his first goal for the club after half-time.

Smith, considering two loan signings before the end of the week, said: "It's a bit of an Achilles heal not taking our chances when we're on top and we also felt a couple of decisions went against us. I cannot question the lads' effort, desire or heart - they gave me everything. It says something that we have come off the pitch disappointed with one point."


 

Walsall are still bottom of the table, but Smith said: "It's a point towards the total we want.

"If we stop in this league the decision will be made here at the Banks's Stadium where we have not had good results.

"That was our first home draw this season and our home form is going to be the key to survival. We had fantastic backing from out supporters here and they will play their part."

Oldham manager Paul Dickov said Walsall were the better side in the first half ,but Oldham improved after the interval.

He added: "In the first half we defended too deep and our goalkeeper Ben Amos (on loan from Manchester United) made some good saves, but that's why I brought him in.

"Walsall got through us a bit too easy at times in the first half and I'm a bit disappointed with our overall performance, but sometimes you have got to take a point.

"We shall go into the last half of the season feeling confident, having put ourselves in a good position. We must show consistency. We have had three wins and a draw recently and we must carry on with that."

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