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Gillespie - "I’d Trade Those Saves for a Point or Three"

Gillespie - "I’d Trade Those Saves for a Point or Three"

Saddlers stopper Mark Gillespie has spoken about his opening-day penalty saves, admitting that he'd rather have the three points as he began his Walsall career with a defeat.
Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie, who was named in both the Football League Paper and EFL's 'Team of the Week' following his double penalty save against Bury, has spoken to the local press and admitted that his saves are scant consolation for an opening day defeat.

Mark, who was speaking to Express & Star reporter Joseph Masi, said; "The first penalty was my first touch of the ball – it was madness really. As soon as they got the penalty, I thought it was a chance to do something that I’d remember for a long time.

"It was in front of the away fans as well. I was obviously pleased with that, but I’d trade those saves for a point or three. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. If we’d got to half-time at 0-0, then we could have looked to push on and try to win the game. We gave everything in the second half but couldn’t quite force a goal.

"Over the 90 minutes I thought we matched them. I thought their goal actually came against the run of play. We conceded a penalty but gathered ourselves after that and looked good. Without creating too much, we looked really comfortable."

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