OPPOSITION VIEW: Draw a 'fair result' says Walsall boss

Walsall boss Jon Whitney
Walsall boss Jon Whitney

Walsall boss Jon Whitney believes his side's 2-2 draw with Blackpool was a 'fair result'.

Blackpool came back from a goal down on two occasions to seal a late point thanks to Armand Gnanduillet's 89th minute equaliser.

Nathan Delfouneso celebrates his first-half equaliser

Nathan Delfouneso celebrates his first-half equaliser

Walsall had taken the lead in the first half through Joe Edwards, only for Nathan Delfouneso to level with a composed finish.

The Saddlers thought they had done enough to win it when Jon Guthrie capitalised on a defensive error from Ollie Turton to put them back in front with 15 minutes to go.

But Gnanduillet came off the bench to equalise with his last-gasp finish.

“The lads are disappointed because when you concede that late on it always feels like I loss,” Whitney said.

“But I think in the grand scheme of things it was a fair result. They put us under pressure at times. They were direct.

“But I can’t fault the application and the work effort from my players. We’ve come away from home and got a good solid point which we can take into our home game.

“We are disappointed. But it’s about pushing on now. We can’t take too long to get over it because we have a game on Tuesday against Doncaster.

“We are going into it two games unbeaten so let’s go and make it three.”

MATCH REPORT: Blackpool 2-2 Walsall

As has been the case many times in recent weeks, Blackpool were the better side over the 90 minutes but failed to take advantage of their numerous chances.

The Walsall fans were frustrated with their side's display and called for their manager to go - but Whitney says he can handle the chants from the terraces that come his way.

“We had a great following,” he added.

“I was glad they were here and I was glad they were showing their emotion.

“I have said before, it’s when there is no emotion that we have to worry. They pay and they come up and I’ve got give huge credit to the fans.

“With the weather as well, it would have been very easy for them to stay at home and think it wasn’t going to be on.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of them. If they want to sing against me that’s fine. But I still think one day they will sing in a positive way for me.”