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Walsall boss Mat Sadler frustrated following Crewe comeback

Walsall head coach Mat Sadler was frustrated to give up a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw against Crewe Alexandra, and insists his side should have won comfortably.

Mat Sadler (pic Owen Russell)

Freddie Draper scored his first EFL goal when he opened the scoring in the first minute, and Isaac Hutchinson added a second with a stunning strike on the half-hour mark.

Walsall produced an impressive performance, especially in the opening 60 minutes, but Elliott Nevitt halved the deficit on the hour-mark to fire Crewe back into the contest.

Jack Powell found a stoppage time equaliser when his cross evaded everyone and nestled into the far corner to cause late heartbreak for the Saddlers.

Sadler believes Walsall should've been comfortably ahead before they let Crewe back into the game, but wants to use the frustration of Crewe's late comeback as motivation for the next game against Brighton.

"There were many good performances and that's the frustration because we played so well and we should win the game comfortably," Sadler said.