Danny Coyne looks back on the game with WalsallShrewsbury Town's temporary boss Danny Coyne was left devastated after a late Walsall goal left Town heartbroken.
Town had twice come from behind thanks to goals from Olly Lancashire and Junior Brown, but Ryan McGivern was sent off halfway through the second half and it proved to be costly as Walsall struck late to take all three points.
Coyne was pleased with how his side fought, but admitted that the defeat was hard to take.
“It’s devastating when you go down to 10 men and the lads have battled,” said Danny.
“We should have scored a few goals and then we get done with a goal like that at the end after being on top in the second half.
“Even with 10 men I thought we had the chances to win the game and we didn’t taken them and we get punished.
“Sometimes, the way things are, things like this happen, so you’ve got to take it on the chin, come back strong and learn from things because if you get through this you are going to be a strong minded person and you can only take the positives from that.”
Ryan McGivern was sent off for a second yellow card after reacting badly to a decision and Coyne was disappointed with the Northern Irish International’s ill-discipline.
“I’ve spoken to Ryan and he’s apologised to the lads,” continued Danny.
“There’s a lack of discipline there, so that’s what we need to stop really. The lads are getting frustrated with some of the decisions that are being given, but this is football.
“When you are down here some of the decisions against you happen. You’ve got to deal with it, you’ve got to be composed and we can’t do things like that especially when you are already on a yellow card.”
Despite McGivern’s red card, Town still had chances to win the game, but the late goal straight from a corner proved a killer blow.
“It’s a killer blow at the death again and I’m just gutted for the lads because of the fight they gave, but we’ve got the start learning quickly about things and putting it right,” said Danny.
“When you look at the lads they are throwing themselves in front of the goal, defending for their lives like I’ve asked them to do. We’ve scored two goals away from home and we could have scored more.
“The penalty was given and then it was given for offside, but things like this seem to go against you. We’ve got to dust ourselves down, address the situation with us on the pitch and start putting things right.”
George Waring put in a man of the match display for Town and Coyne was pleased with his efforts and believes the team are not far away from getting things right.
“He’s took his chance,” said Coyne.
“Like I said the other day, he works his socks off, he’s a constant threat in the air and he can look after the ball at his feet as well. He links play well and I’d just like him to get a goal now, but that’s going to come.
“I think second half we definitely dominated the game. I think we could have scored three goals in the second half easily. We had shouts for penalties, put them under pressure, but we have got to keep our discipline at the other end and if we do that I’m sure that we’re not that far away at all.”