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Reaction: Powell on superb Walsall win

24 October 2018

Chris Powell saw his side give the perfect riposte to Saturday’s defeat to Coventry by comfortably brushing aside Walsall 3-0 at Roots Hall last night.

Harry Bunn scored twice either side of the break and either side of Timothee Dieng’s bullet header to ensure a winning response for Powell’s side.

The evening though was tainted slightly by injuries to Tom Hopper and Harry Lennon, the latter leaving on a stretcher, and after the game, the Blues boss gave his thoughts on the evening.

On the Lennon and Hopper injuries…

Harry’s gone off to the hospital, so we’ll have to see what happens there. As I stand here now I’m not sure if it’s his calf, his knee or his Achilles.

Tom Hopper just caught his knee, but it looks stable. He’s walking about so hopefully that won’t be a long-term one, but I’m really worried about Harry because he’s just worked his way back from breaking his toe and now it looks like we’re going to be missing him again for a number of weeks.

On the victory…

I asked the players for a response from Saturday after the last-minute goal conceded against Coventry and in many ways, it was good to have a game to turn it around as quickly as we could.

Even though it was a bit edgy, a bit nervy in the first-half, to edge in front was pleasing. They had a header that flashed wide early on and then a few corners and crosses that we had to deal with.

The players grew in confidence as the game went on, so I can’t complain with three goals, a clean sheet, three points – especially after Saturday – and we know our home form has to improve. We’ve scored at the North Stand end finally, which was just the strangest fact I’ve seen in a long time, so what more can I ask for?

On the goalscorers…

You can’t just rely on your strikers and, obviously, we were missing Simon Cox this evening through suspension. I’ve been asking the players, can you chip in and they know; they want to get off and running with their goalscoring and you want it from midfield or from wide areas.

Harry [Bunn] I know can score goals. He’s a striker who can play wide and does a really good job in either position, so I’ve got to be happy that. Timothee Dieng – a majestic header – he’s happy to get up and running.

I can’t ask for any more other than a reaction from the Coventry game, which we’ve got, a home win, scoring at the north stand end. We’ve let ourselves down here and you want to score goals and you want to win games in front of your own fans, and we need to do that more.

I’m really pleased that we’ve come through it this evening.

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