Smith hails spirited Saddlers

Dean Smith hailed Walsall's spirit despite their 10 men having to settle for a point in their 1-1 draw against Rotherham.

Last Updated: 15/03/14 at 19:57

Dean Smith: Walsall deserved to win

Dean Smith: Walsall deserved to win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Milan Lalkovic gave the visitors the lead in the 19th minute and they looked like holding out, even after Ben Purkiss was sent off in the 73rd minute for his second yellow card of the afternoon.

But Rotherham finally came good in the 88th minute when Alex Revell headed on for substitute Nicky Adams to slam in the equalizer off the underside of the bar.

Smith said: "It was a really good performance, we deserved to win the game and a cruel deflection at the end has cost us.

"It was a more spirited performance from us and that's what we're about. I thought we were excellent. We scored a goal and outplayed them in the first half.

"They put us under a lot of pressure for the last 10 minutes of the first half and in the second half we have had to defend a lot of balls into our box and I thought we were fantastic at doing it. It was cruel at the end.

"I thought some of our football was terrific in the first half and we opened them up from a great move and it was a really good finish.

"I've nothing but praise for the players probably nobody gave us a chance coming here with the run they are on but we were very good. You have to come to a place like this and be defensively spot on."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling signs new four-year contract

Manchester United have confirmed defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2019.

Harry Redknapp criticises Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham

Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino "has been rescued" by the performances of Spurs' young players this season, and has criticised the club's transfer policy.

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company