Dean Keates: Lacklustre Saddlers Didn't Really Get Going

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the local press following his side's dreary draw with Blackpool, and admitted that a share of the spoils was probably a fair result, with Liam Roberts' clean sheet one of the few positives to emerge from the contest.
Keates, who had led his side through five unbeaten League One outings heading into the clash with the Seasiders, was happy to see his side claim their first clean-sheet of the campaign but admitted that there are a couple of areas to work on heading into their next match.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "We picked up a clean sheet - that’s a positive we can take out of it, we’ve been after a clean sheet for the last few weeks and not kept one.

"I think we always looked like we were going to keep a clean sheet but I don’t think we did enough to win a football match if I’m honest and 0-0 is probably fair. We were a little bit lacklustre, we didn’t really get going and get a tempo to us.

"When we got into decent areas, the final bit of detail, be it a cross or a pass, just wasn’t there. Don’t take anything away from Blackpool, they are a good team. They have got some big lads but they still tried to play. We had to make sure we were sorted set-piece wise and we were brave on that because they had bigger lads than us.

"But it was that little bit of detail that was missing – the delivery from a set-piece wasn’t good enough or the run wasn’t right and when we got into decent areas, the cross selection wasn’t good enough."
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