On the day that the club unveiled Jamie Fullarton as the new technical director, he will have been a happy spectator as the Saddlers recovered from a below-par first half to put in a far brighter second 45.
Emmanuel Osadebe’s wonderful 35-yard separated the sides and Dutton was beaming post match.
“I’m delighted for the lads because they truly deserve that,” Dutton said.
“They’ve had a tough spell, it’s been a storm that we’ve gone through, a heavy horrible storm.
“In a team meeting I said an Einstein quote ‘adversity introduces a man to himself’ and these lads can look in the mirror and be fully honoured in what’s reflecting in that mirror.
“They are a credit to themselves. The performance was excellent in the second half and we deserved the win.”
Dutton has put faith in Osadebe since taking charge and has regularly started him and the head coach now believes the club is starting to see his talent.
“He’s been an enigma Emmanuel Osadebe,” Dutton added.
“I picked him up off the couch, he didn’t have a club and it’s unthinkable that such a talent is sitting on a couch without a club.
“He’s been first class since he came to the football club. His training application has been exemplary and his talent is phenomenal.
“You saw tonight a glimpse of what he can achieve. If he can keep focused he can go through the levels, no doubt about it.”