Dutton Delighted as Walsall Return to Winning Ways

Head Coach Brian Dutton spoke to the press following the Saddlers' League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers.
Speaking shortly after his side had won their first match in fifteen league outings, Dutton admitted times had been tough as he awaited his first victory since replacing Darrell Clarke in the hot seat.

Walsall went into the lead with just six-minutes in the clock as Rory Holden, who was making his first start since mid-December, got on the end of an Emmanuel Osadebe pass to open his account for 2021.

The Saddlers went on to double their lead after sixty-five minutes as captain James Clarke, again assisted by Osadebe, netted his first goal of the season before Jordan Moore-Taylor grabbed what turned out to be a consolation goal for the visitors.

The result sees the Saddlers move nine points clear of the relegation zone heading into their final six games of the season, giving them plenty of hope as they look to secure a place in the fourth-tier for another year.

Speaking to the assembled media, Brian said; "I’m absolutely delighted. Delighted for myself because it’s been shameful for me, it’s been tough.

"I couldn’t even look my dog in the eye, never mind a human being. I’ve found it tough for sure. But I’m most delighted for the boys because they deserve that win.

"Look back at the fixtures we’ve had, Stevenage, Cambridge and Harrogate should have been wins.

"That wasn’t the greatest performance from the boys today but they got the win and that’s the main thing."

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