Dean Smith today claimed Walsall won’t dwell on the refereeing decisions he believes have cost them points in the past two games.
But the Saddlers boss confirmed he sought out referee Dean Whitestone to discuss a brace of key calls which went against his side in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at MK Dons.
Smith felt the game hinged on the two decisions – the first coming when the Northamptonshire official adjudged Adam Chambers to have fouled MK striker Patrick Bamford and subsequently awarded the free-kick from which Shaun Williams scored the game’s only goal.
The manager was then left incensed in stoppage time when Andy Butler had an equaliser ruled out for a dubious foul given by the assistant referee.
But Smith, who also felt his side should have had a penalty in last week’s 1-0 defeat to Coventry, says the perceived injustices won’t affect the way his players approach games.
“It just makes it harder to take when we lose because of something we can’t control with the free-kick and Andy Butler’s disallowed goal,” he said.
“Unfortunately, things like that are pivotal in matches.
“It’s the way it goes sometimes. One thing you don’t want to do is ask your players to go down a bit better when they do get fouled, that is not what we are about.
“Sometimes it makes you feel like doing that. But we have more dignity than that.”
Smith felt a draw would have been the fairest result on Saturday and admitted his side did not show enough as an attacking force.
But the boss was happy with the way they responded to Williams’ 64th- minute goal and hopes it will give them momentum for Saturday’s FA Cup first round clash with Shrewsbury.
“That is what we are hoping for,” he said. “We never looked like we were going to get beaten on Saturday. We are hard to beat, but I want to see more of us going forward than was shown.
“We didn’t start too badly and Sam Mantom had a good chance but then they took over possession.”