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REACTION | "It shows how far we've come this season"

27 November 2016

Boss' verdict on getting a point at Walsall...

Blues boss Phil Brown was left rueing missed opportunities after coming away from the Banks’s Stadium with a point in a 0-0 draw.

The Saddlers hit the woodwork twice in the first half, but other than that it was Blues who monopolised possession with chances falling to Anthony Wordsworth, Stephen McLaughlin and Nile Ranger following a brilliant solo run.

Brown said better finishing was key ingredient missing.

“I think we’ve had three entertaining matches in the last three and we’ve got five points from the nine, and we’re still undefeated,” he said.

“I shouldn't be complaining about 16 points from eight games but I am because the four draws that are in that eight games have come at an expense. The expense being that we’ve dropped two points again today.

“I thought we were the classier side, the quality side, the better chances fell our way and to come to a place like Walsall and to be able to boast that is another stepping stone towards getting a little bit of success.

“But if we’re not clinical enough or ruthless enough at places like this, and against Swindon and against Shrewsbury and against Peterborough, then you’re going to drop points and lose in a race that takes 46 games.”

The point means Blues stay outside the Play-Off places in 10th, but just a point off sixth place.

“We’ve come up against two inspired goalkeepers in the last two games; one on Tuesday night where we had 28 shots, which was an all-time high for my time at the club, and today where we’ve had 16 with nine on target,” Brown added.

“If one of them goes in the back of the net I think it’s game over.

“It’s just frustrating when you come to a place like this. There was a massive difference between last season and this.

“Last season I think they peppered us to be brutally honest, and OK they got a goal that really wasn’t a goal, but they could have won it three or four.

“The shoe’s on the other foot. We could have won it three or four if we had taken our better chances. 

“That first goal would have done me because I’d have shut up shop.

“[To be bemoaning a point] It shows how far we’ve come this season, let alone last year compared to this year."

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