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Wellens Frustrated To Draw Against Walsall

12 April 2018

Manager Richie Wellens was frustrated only to take a point from last night’s game against Walsall.

Duckens Nazon equalised on the stroke of half time after Jack Fitzwater had given Walsall the lead on 34 minutes.

Latics had chances to win the game in the second half but unfortunately could not find the winning goal.

Speaking about the game, Wellens said: “It’s frustrating but we’re a point closer to where we want to be.

“When you go 1-0 down and get a point, obviously, everyone says you should win this but there’s no easy games in this league.

“They’ve come for a point and camped in their own half for long periods. They went away at Southend and won 3-0, so they’ve got results in them but from our point of view it is frustrating.

“Everyone says 50 points and we need about five or six points from the remaining games.”

Anthony Gerrard returned to the starting 11 for the first time since the draw with Bury last month and the manager was pleased with him.

“I think his experience shows,” Wellens commented. “I think in the first half he was too deep and the gap between the midfield and the defence was too big.

“It allowed their striker to keep coming in and picking up the ball. Maybe he was protecting his injury a little bit by dropping deep just to give him two or three yards extra.”

Nazon netted his third goal for the club with his strike before half time. “Since the minute that he’s started training, he’s always looked a goal threat,” Wellens said.

“His finishing is really good. The problem with Duke is he came when he’s not played for a bit and his fitness was obviously low and when he gets to 60 minutes he’s really tired.

“His fitness is something he needs to work on but in terms of a goal threat he’s got goals in him.”

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