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Schumacher downbeat after Saddlers setback

11 April 2015

Tom Bradshaw's late strike earned the Midlands side victory

Midfielder Steven Schumacher spoke of his disappointment following Fleetwood Town’s 1-0 defeat to Walsall at the Banks’ Stadium.

Tom Bradshaw’s goal four minutes from time was all that separated the two teams, leaving Town five points adrift of a Play-Off spot with four games to play.

Schumacher felt that Town struggled to assert themselves in the second period after a decent performance in the first.

He said: “We’re really disappointed in the dressing room. It’s a game I feel we should’ve at least taken a point from.

“We created one or two chances in the first half, didn’t play well in the second half and didn’t retain the ball well enough.

“We’re gutted to lose it and come away with nothing but we only played well enough for a point anyway.”

He added: “I just think our decision making was a little bit off in the second half, I think we tried to hit too many long balls and it just kept coming back at us.

“We played with Jamie Proctor upfront on his own and David Ball just off him, so when you’re trying to hit long balls to a single striker like that it needs to be pinpoint accurate and we just didn’t have that accuracy today.”

The defeat mirrors the score line from the corresponding fixture in November in which the Saddlers also won by a single goal.

“Walsall are a good side, they have some good players. We conceded a poor goal against them at our place and lost 1-0, and here we have done the same again.

“It’s disappointing but from our own point of view we can only look at our performance and over the last few weeks we have played really well and we’ve just not hit that same level and we’ve got punished for it.

“We go into the next four trying to stay positive and I think we need to win all four.

“We needed to win two more than Chesterfield so we need them to drop points and us to win them all.”

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