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Brian Dutton Calls For Composure as Walsall Edge EFL Trophy Clash

Walsall assistant coach Brian Dutton has spoken to the local press following Tuesday evening's EFL Trophy - Southern Group D victory over Southampton Under-21s and admitted that the result was 'bittersweet' as his side earned another victory but failed to make the most of their goal-scoring opportunities.
The result, which saw defender Dan Scarr score on the stroke of half-time, means the Saddlers secured their fourth all-competition victory in succession and adds to the positivity which has built up over recent weeks.

Coach Dutton, who along with Marcus Stewart joined Darrell Clarke in swapping Bristol Rovers for Walsall in the summer, admitted that he was happy to see the Saddlers secure another clean-sheet but believes the team need to get more goals to give the fans something to cheer.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Brian said; "It was bittersweet, another solid performance in terms of the 1-0, a clean sheet and I didn’t think Saints caused us too much issues.

"I’d like to see a little bit more composure in possession and give the fans something to cheer about.

"It’s been very robust so far this season, we’re looking to try and implement more attacking football and a little bit more composure in possession, just to show our qualities."

Scarr's goal is just another in an ever-growing list of back-line goals as captain James Clarke had netted in two of the last three games.

And Dutton believes the defenders are starting to have a bit more belief in themselves, something which is evident as they venture forward and get among the goals.

Brian continued; "It seems to be a bit of a theme, centre-halves scoring at the minute for the Saddlers.

"Julsey did what he’s good at, he attacked, he’s very mobile as a centre-half and he got at the Saints player and got a good quality cross in and Dan sniffed it out - very pleased for them.

"James has shown them how to do it, there’s a bit of banter there from the boys, they’re all looking at it and saying ‘why not?'. They have the quality, if it’s on, if the opportunity is there, pull the trigger."
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