Sadler Pleased to Avoid Defeat but Frustrated as Walsall Goal Was Ruled Out Sadler Pleased to Avoid Defeat but Frustrated as Walsall Goal Was Ruled Out

Sadler Pleased to Avoid Defeat but Frustrated as Walsall Goal Was Ruled Out

The gaffer spoke to the media shortly after full-time.
Walsall boss Mat Sadler cut a disappointed figure following his side's goalless draw against National League North side Alfreton Town in the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday evening.

After seeing their original match called off just minutes before kick-off at the weekend, the match actually got underway this time, though neither side was able to score, so a replay will be needed to see who will take on Southampton in the Third Round.

The Saddlers created plenty of openings in the Alfreton final third but, as has been the case for many of their recent games, they were unable to score, though did appear to have a perfectly good goal chalked off after the officials deemed that Freddie Draper impeded goalkeeper George Willis during the build-up.

Speaking to the assembled media, including Express & Star reporter George Bennett, Mat admitted he was frustrated but ultimately sought to focus on other things, he said; "I don't think anyone really understood it and the fourth official is the one who has given it, and he's standing seventy yards away from home where it was.

"Nobody saw that. I just think it's a ball that deceived the goalkeeper but again I am not going to complain about it.

"It is what it is, we had plenty of chances to see the game out, and win the game, but we didn't.

"However, we showed a lot of resilience, character, resolve, and determination to make sure we didn't concede."
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