Zeli Ismail: "It Was a Game We Should Have Won"

Walsall winger Zeli Ismail has spoken to club journalists following Saturday's League One draw with Scunthorpe United, and insisted that the Saddlers did enough to win the game and were unlucky to return home from Glanford Park with just a point.
Ismail, who bagged his first goal since he made the move back to the Banks's over the summer as he levelled the scores from the penalty spot, insisted that the Saddlers should have secured the win, especially as they continued to look for openings even when they would usually be expected to settle for an awayday point.

Speaking via the club's official website - - Zeli said; "It was a game we should have won. We did a bit of work on them from the Coventry game; they finished 0-0 in the first half and then in the second half they managed to win, so we were hoping it wouldn’t be a déjà vu situation for us.

"They managed to get the goal and we did really well to get the goal back and we could have won it at the end. Even though we were the away team we wanted to be on the front foot. We didn’t want to just sit back and defend - you can’t go for 90 minutes sitting back and expect to win the game."

The 24-year-old then went on to talk about what manager Dean Keates expects to see from his side, revealing that the Gaffer is keen for the players to express themselves and nit be afraid to experiment, even in the middle of a match.

He continued; "The manager wants plenty of energy and tempo from us and in the final third - he doesn’t want us to be like robots. Yes we do have a philosophy on how we want to play but if we see a better option on the pitch, we should take it.

"We are really happy with Morgs, he has played really well and Cookie holds the ball up fantastically for me and Josh. They are both big target men for me and Josh to get balls into the box for them."
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