Walsall boss: Portsmouth goals came from our mistakes

Dean Keates believes Walsall were the architects of their own downfall at Pompey.Â

Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 12:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:48 am
Matt Clarke wins a header for Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Saddlers boss was frustrated with his side's performance in their 2-0 loss against the Blues last night. 

Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis were both on target as Kenny Jackett's men retained a four-point lead at the top of League One.

Keates felt both of Pompey's goals stemmed from mistakes made by the visitors. 

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Matt Clarke wins a header for Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the Walsall manager admitted he will dip into the transfer market in January if things don't improve. 

He told the Express & Star: '˜We are frustrated with the goals we conceded.

'˜I keep going on about learning and developing but it has got to start sinking in now.

'˜Otherwise other players will have the opportunity to come in and play for this football club.

'˜Portsmouth's first goal arrived when '“ following a throw-in  '“ the ball looped up and off George Dobson, with Hawkins then nodding in.

'˜For their first goal, the second phase of it loops off George and lands on someone who is 6ft 4in at the back post.

'˜With that you need a little bit of luck. But it's the first phase. It's a throw-in and we have not got tight enough.

'˜They have not really had to work anything. Both goals have come from our mistakes again.'

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