Dean Keates: 'A Point Was the Minimum We Deserved'

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the press following his side's one-all draw with fellow in-form side Barnsley, and insisted a point was the least his side deserved.
Keates, who has guided his side to an undefeated start to the 2018/19 League One campaign, spoke of his pride as the Saddlers stood firm to hold off the Tykes, before going on to take a well-deserved point via Andy Cook's 88th minute strike.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "I think a point was the minimum we deserved. I think in the first 45 minutes we were organised, we played to our game plan, we counter-attacked at pace and we created opportunities.

"I think in the second-half we could have gone one up inside the first minute. And then we get caught. They get a scruffy set-piece, it ricochet's against three or four people before going in. After that they put us under a lot of pressure - we had to gamble and come out of shape.

"We had to push forward to get an equaliser. One or two times they broke in numbers and at pace, but their final ball wasn’t good enough - they didn’t kill us off. Our lads kept going and give them credit, the resilience they showed was outstanding. They gave absolutely everything."
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