Dean Smith today bemoaned Walsall’s luck in front of goal and dismissed talk they lacked a cutting edge against Colchester United.
The Saddlers were disappointed to leave the Weston Homes Community Stadium with just a 1-1 draw after dominating much of the game.
James Baxendale and Sam Mantom both hit the woodwork and the visitors squandered several chances – though home keeper Sam Walker remained largely untroubled until Andy Taylor’s last-gasp equaliser.
But when asked if his side had lacked sharpness in the final third, Smith replied: “I think the final ball wasn’t there a couple of times but when you hit the post and the bar and they are getting blocks in, I’m not sure it’s a cutting edge we need rather than a little bit of luck.”
The Saddlers are now without a win in four League One games but the manager believes they have been unfortunate, adding: “You never get what you deserve.
“One thing I said to the players at the end of Saturday’s game is luck and good fortune comes to those who work hard and we worked hard right until the end.
“We were still working hard to get back into the game.”
Attentions are now turning to Saturday’s home clash with Stevenage, as the Saddlers go in search of their first home win since the opening day of the season.
Smith is untroubled by the statistics and instead claims his focus is on the quality of performance.
“I’ll let the statisticians worry about where the next win is coming from at home,” he said.
“We worry about performances and if we get performances like Colchester or against Bradford last week we will win more than we lose.”