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Isaiah Osbourne: New-look Walsall still need time to gel

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Isaiah Osbourne insists Walsall are 'still gelling' following their 2-1 loss to Charlton Athletic.

The midfielder, who missed the entirety of last season through injury, earned plaudits from the supporters for a composed display at the Banks's Stadium.

The ex-Villa man says the squad are 'disappointed' with the result and he feels they should have got more from the game.

"I thought we pretty much dominated the game. If I'm honest, I thought we deserved a point," he said.

"I was off the pitch for the first goal (receiving treatment) so I didn't see much of the build-up play so it's a bit of a kick in the teeth.

"It was pretty much against the run of the play, the second goal for them, so obviously we are disappointed with the result.

"It was a killer blow, it was against the run of play. It was just one ball over the top and (Ajose) got in again and it was his second tap-in of the game.

"I don't think they really did much to us throughout the game.

"We pretty much dominated it and Ethers (Neil Etheridge) didn't have much to do the whole game.

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"I feel it was a good performance."

Walsall had a few chances to take the lead in the first period, and level in the closing minutes, but it was not to be.

Osbourne, who forced a good save from Charlton goalkeeper Declan Rudd in the first half, admits the Saddlers could be more ruthless.

He also pointed out the side is still developing an understanding due to the number of signings made over the summer, but is confident they will come good soon enough.

"We could probably be more clinical in front of goal and take our chances because we created a lot in the first half, and there were a few near the end in the second half," he added.

"We are still a new team and we are still gelling together so with a bit more time together I think things will turn out good. We have got a good set of players."

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