Walsall manager Dean Smith backed his team to avoid the drop after they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw at Oldham.

A fluke Tom Williams goal had the Saddlers on course for three points but Jason Lowe levelled in spectacular style from outside the box just two minutes from time.

"Our fate is in our own hands and that's a position we would have taken back in January," said Smith, whose side climbed out of the bottom four with the draw.

"There are still six points to play for and we will continue with the mindset that we aim to win every game.

"There's a lot of disappointment in the dressing-room that we have gone so close but I will take the positives and it is a point gained."

Oldham finished the game with 10 men after Filipe Morais was shown a straight red card for his tackle from behind on Jordan Cook.

Latics boss Paul Dickov was critical of referee Darren Drysdale and said: "Nobody in the ground knows why he gave a free-kick which led to Walsall's goal and nobody understands why our early goal was disallowed.

"We should have had a clear penalty and the sending-off was just wrong - I even asked their player if he thought it was a red card and he couldn't believe the referee's decision."


The fiery Scot added: "Overall it was a scrappy game. We were nowhere near our best but I always felt we could get back into it.

"It takes a lot of character to come back with 10 men but they kept on having a go and they got their reward."

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