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Mat Sadler post Walsall

8 November 2017

Sadler looks back on the Checkatrade Trophy defeat

Shrewsbury Town Club Captain Mat Sadler admitted that he was disappointed with Town’s performance in last night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Walsall.

10-man Town were beaten 1-0 thanks to Amadou Bakayoko’s 90th minute strike.

Manager Paul Hurst described the performance as ‘rubbish’ and Sadler was in agreement.

“It wasn’t a very good performance from us tonight”, Mat told the Press.

“We’ve not had many of those, especially at home and we’ve got to take our medicine. We got exactly what we deserved from the game tonight, which was absolutely nothing.

“The good thing is that these performances have been very few and far between, but we’ve dropped off the standards and we know about that.”

Mat didn’t feel that there was much between the two sides for long periods, but was disappointed to lose concentration at the crucial moment.
 
“Apart from the opening five minutes where I think we were all at sea, I don’t think there was much in the game”, said Sadler.

“We had a couple of chances and I don’t remember them having too many chances, especially second half, but there was a little lapse in concentration at the end and unfortunately we conceded.

“I don’t think we were, by any stretch, at our maximum tonight, so we dust ourselves down and stew over it because we dropped our standards.”  

Ben Godfrey saw red 15 minutes before the end and Sadler felt that t was harsh at the time.

“To be honest with you I thought he got to the ball first”, Mat continued.

“I haven’t seen it back since, but at the time I thought he got their first and won the football. It was a strong tackle, but I don’t think he left the ground.

“I hope their lad is okay, I know he had to go off, so I hope he’s fine, but I thought it was a strong tackle from Ben and he didn’t deserve to leave the pitch.”

The defeat means Town will now travel away in the next round of the competition, but Mat will be looking to get through that tie wherever it may be.

“It’s a competition we want to go far in and see the merits for winning games in this competition”, said Sadler.

“Now, we’ve got to take our medicine and go away somewhere and put in a performance.”


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