Brian Dutton: "The Lads Left it All Out on the Pitch" Brian Dutton: "The Lads Left it All Out on the Pitch"
Posted by: Bescot Banter

Brian Dutton: "The Lads Left it All Out on the Pitch"

Brian Dutton spoke to the media after the Saddlers' EFL Trophy defeat to Oxford United.
Speaking after Tuesday evening's EFL Trophy - Southern Group D defeat to Oxford United, assistant manager and development coach Brian Dutton admitted he was disappointed as the Saddlers exited the competition.

Walsall went into the match knowing that only a win would guarantee them a place in the Second Round as Bristol Rovers and Chelsea Under-21’s, who are currently tied on two points - one point behind the Saddlers - meet next week.

The match saw the Saddlers continue their recent spell of disappointing form in front of goal with striker Caolan Lavery's crossbar-hitting header being the closest thing to a goal for the men in red.

Walsall's failure to make the most of their few chances at goal was punished three minutes from time as second-half substitute Derick Osei Yaw slammed home for the edge of the area to see the U's safely through as group leaders.

Speaking to the assembled media, Brian said; "We’re really disappointed to concede so late in the game. The lads left it all out on the pitch, there wasn’t a bad performance out there.

"They really dug in for us and it was a sucker punch at the end. It was a strong defensive performance, we kept them relatively quiet and Oxford are a top team.

"They finished in the Play-Offs last year and were really unlucky not to progress into the second tier.

"It was a really solid performance and then that one lapse of concentration towards the end and with the quality Oxford have on the pitch they’ve punished us. It’s a big learning curve for us."
You can keep up to date with all the latest Walsall FC news across our social media channels, we're on 𝕏, Facebook, Threads, and Instagram. We also offer updates via Google News.
If you appreciate our coverage, please consider buying us a coffee via Ko-fi. You can also sign up to make regular contributions via Patreon.
Previous Post Next Post