Smith gets his pick-me-up

Walsall boss Dean Smith was relieved after his side's 2-2 draw at Crawley having made his own way to the ground after a sickness bug.

Last Updated: 17/11/12 at 19:45

Smith: Pleased with work-rate

Smith: Pleased with work-rate

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A late header by Jonathan Forte rescued a point for Crawley, who twice trailed through goals from Febian Brandy and Ashley Hemmings.

Crawley finished with 10 men for the second successive home game with defender Joe Walsh receiving a straight red card for a challenge on Brandy, and Barker acknowledged that plucky Walsall pushed his men all the way.

Smith, who drove behind the team coach, said: "I wanted to play it safe after going sick at home on Thursday night and into Friday, but I was able to go into the dressing-room as it was a 24-hour thing.

"From start to finish we were excellent and I can't fault my side for work-rate on a lively pitch. We took it to them and are disappointed not to get the three points we felt we deserved."

He added: "I was delighted at the way we took the game to Crawley. We are on a run at the moment, but stuck to a gameplan, created a number of chances and played well."

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