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Jon Whitney prefers to focus on Walsall positives

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Boss Jon Whitney was determined to focus on the positives despite Walsall suffering a first League One defeat of the season at Chesterfield.

Two goals from Ched Evans in the last 15 minutes condemned the Saddlers to a 2-0 defeat at the Proact Stadium.

Record signing Andreas Makris had earlier hit the bar for the visitors and Whitney felt his team's performance was deserving of better.

"It's disappointing but I am still quite positive," he said. "I thought in the first half we controlled it. This is my 21st game in charge and that is the best we have been on the counter attack.

"There were bits of how we used to be last year and that was really pleasing.

"I didn't see the goal coming. They came into it second half as we sat a little deep.

"I still thought we might go on and win it. I am disappointed but not too frustrated because if we perform with that application, desire and energy we will win more than we lose.

"I am not going to beat myself up too much."

Adam Chambers (hamstring) and Erhun Oztumer (back) missed the game with injury but Whitney expects both to return for Saturday's home game with Charlton, along with Isaiah Osbourne, who was rested.

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The manager has also received positive new over Rico Henry, after a scan revealed the left-back suffered no serious damage when suffering a dislocated shoulder in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Oldham.

No timescale has been placed on the 19-year-old's return but Whitney expects it to be in weeks, rather than months.

"Rico has some damage to the shoulder but not as extensive as we thought so that is a positive," he said.

"He is coming in on Thursday for another appraisal and we will probably get him assessed.

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"There is no time period on it yet. I am going to sit down with them and discuss it.

I don't think it will go to surgery, it will be a rehab. Knowing Rico he will want to strap it up and get out there but I have to manage that and make sure we give the right advice.

"It is a decision we have to make together but it definitely won't be months."

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