“We need to be more ruthless” says Walsall midfielder


After Walsall’s 1-0 defeat to Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy last night, Saddlers player Jack Nolan urges his side to be more clinical in-front of goal.

Nolan Said: “I thought we played well and created chances but we need to be more ruthless as a side.”

The Saddlers failed to have a shot on target in the game unlike their opposition who managed seven but Walsall came inches away from finding the net after Lavery’s header rattled back off the crossbar.

Jack Nolan, Walsall (Credit: Jack Nolan)

Walsall have won only three of their eleven league games this season, putting them in 12th place in League 2. The Saddlers have also failed to score more than 2 goals in a game, in all competitions.

Oxford’s goal came in the 87th minute last night; Derick Osei cutting in and bending the ball powerfully into the top corner.

Nolan summed the night up as a “frustrating” one as he felt the Saddlers were the better side.

“You have to give the lad credit where it’s due, it was a great finish but on our front it’s frustrating that we conceded late on after being, I would say, the more dominant side,” Nolan said.

Walsall Fan, Paul Mitchell’s thoughts on the game vs Oxford.

This result leaves Darrell Clarke’s side second in their group but with Chelsea Under 21’s and Bristol Rovers still to play each other tonight. Both teams are a point off of Walsall.

Walsall’s next game is at home in the league on Saturday against bottom of the league Southend United, who are still awaiting their first win of the season.


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