Smith takes point and moves on

Walsall manager Dean Smith admitted Notts County deserved a point for their second-half performance in a 1-1 home draw.

Last Updated: 16/02/13 at 19:52

Dean Smith: Disappointed with the stalemate

Dean Smith: Disappointed with the stalemate

County halted Walsall's run of five successive home wins, but had looked in trouble when Will Grigg had a sixth-minute shot cleared off the goalline by Alan Judge and the Saddlers went ahead after 29 minutes from a penalty.

County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski fouled Jamie Paterson in a corner of the box and after a delay while a flare thrown on to the pitch from the visitors' end was cleared, Grigg coolly scored his 11th goal of the season from the spot.

But the visitors equalised in the 65th minute when substitute Yoann Arquin stabbed the ball home after a cross from Jamal Campbell-Ryce unsettled the home defence.

Smith said: "It was a horrible game on a horrible pitch, but we had opportunities to go more than one-up in the first half.

"But they were the better team in the second half, although we should have had another penalty for a foul on Craig Westcarr.

"It shows how far we have come that we are disappointed with a draw against a side like Notts County."

Smith added: "I think it was an honest score from two honest teams. We are a point better off than we started the day."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Manuel Pellegrini looks for Manchester City reaction to derby defeat

Manuel Pellegrini wants Manchester City to show their class and rebound from their derby defeat when they face West Ham.

Jamie Carragher accuses John Terry of 'tactical voting'

Jamie Carragher has accused Chelsea captain John Terry of "tactical voting" in regards to the PFA Player of the Year award.

Newcastle's John Carver admits need for positive result against Spurs

John Carver is looking for results rather than performances as he attempts to halt Newcastle United’s alarming dip in form.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

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