Sadler Pleased with Walsall's 'Spirit' Despite Narrow Defeat Sadler Pleased with Walsall's 'Spirit' Despite Narrow Defeat
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Sadler Pleased with Walsall's 'Spirit' Despite Narrow Defeat

Interim Head Coach Mat Sadler spoke to the press shortly after full-time.
Walsall made it eight league games without a win on Saturday afternoon as they were defeated at the death by Salford City at Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Going into their first game since Head Coach Michael Flynn and Wayne Hatswell were relieved of their duties, fans had hoped to see their side return to winning ways and bring their dismal run to an end.

But, despite scoring for the first time in some four league games, the Saddlers were once again defeated as the Ammies snatched all three points, bolstering their Play-Off push in the process.

After falling behind to Callum Hendry's sixth-minute effort, the Saddlers got themselves back on level terms via Jamille Matt shortly after the hour mark, but Salford went back ahead with two-minutes remaining as Conor McAleny struck home.

Conor Wilkinson put the Saddlers back on level terms in second-half stoppage time only for Matty Lund to put Salford, who had been reduced to ten men midway through the half, to grab all three points.

Speaking to the assembled media shortly after full-time, Interim boss Mat Sadler, who is joined by the returning Richard O'Kelly and 'keeper coach Dan Watson in the dugout, admitted poor more decision-making came at a cost.

Mat said; "We talked in the dressing room about decisions that have consequences and we will work on those in the week but I can't fault the effort and spirit that everyone brought to the game today.

"I had to change the system slightly after the first fifteen when we were one down but I thought we came into it more after that and at the start of the second half made some great tackles.

"The sending-off obviously had an effect and we used it to our advantage and got on level terms with a great goal from Jamille before again equalising in injury time only to lose it right at the end.

"Of course, the players are disappointed with that but they showed the spirit to come back twice and that in the short time I have been in the job, is very pleasing - it is something we can take into the final two games."
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