Dean Smtih today claimed Walsall’s momentum and morale has not been damaged by Saturday’s defeat to Coventry.
The Saddlers went into the game in the play-off places and hoping to record their third League One win in a row.
Instead it was the Sky Blues who left the Banks’s victorious thanks to Franck Moussa’s 54th-minute goal.
The result dropped the hosts down a place to seventh but Smith believes there were plenty of positives to take from the performance – and felt his side had been the better team.
He said: “It was very encouraging and I said to the players we have had a fantastic week, it was three steps forward and maybe one back with the result – but there are still positives.
“We won’t be too downhearted. It’s disappointing because it was a local derby.
“We had a lot of the ball and caused them plenty of problems. But that’s how it is.
“I said to the lads the only disappointing part of the day was the result.”
“They have had a couple of breakaways in the second half and for the first 30 minutes they were the better side.
“But apart from that we had a lot of the ball and caused them plenty of problems.”
In a game of few chances, Craig Westcarr came closest to scoring for the Saddlers with a free-kick which Coventry keeper Joe Murphy had to push round the post.
But Smith felt his side should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when Murphy challenged Ashley Hemmings for the ball and left the Walsall man in a heap inside the box.
“Ashley was flat out, he’s got to the ball first and Joe Murphy has made no contact with the ball and taken him out,” said Smith.
“Whether the ball is out of play or not, you can’t take people out like that so it should have been a penalty.
“But that’s how it is. I said to the lads the only disappointing part of the day was the result.
“There were a few decisions I didn’t like and the only thing I want from officials is to be consistent and if you are giving pushes one way, you should give them the other.
“That is all I ask for.”