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Owen: "The Lads Defended For Their Lives"

17 December 2019

Owen Evans was in a positive mood after a string of gravity-defying saves helped The Silkmen claim a deserved point against Walsall on Saturday.

Miles Welch-Hayes scored his first goal for the club, before Wes McDonald equalised with fifteen minutes left to play - however Owen was pleased with the team’s performance.

He said: “A point away from home, no matter the circumstances, is something you’d always take. We’re still on a little unbeaten run, albeit draws but we’re happy.”

“Going into the second half, Daryl wanted us to stay on top. We wanted to keep the pressure on, to keep pushing into their half but when they got their equaliser we were a bit under the cosh.”

“But the lads defended for their lives today and I’m so proud of every single one of them. Walsall have got some really good players and some that they’ve kept from League One, so were happy with the result today.”

It was Evans’ late saves from Josh Gordon and Caolan Lavery in a late spell of Saddlers pressure that helped to gain a point at the Banks’s Stadium. After the game, Owen gave a light-hearted assessment of his own showing.

He said: “It always feels good to make a few saves and to help get a result. I’m a little disappointed with losing the clean sheet, but you’ve got to move on and do your best to get the point, which we did in the end.”

“Luckily, I turned up for a change and made a few saves!”

Owen also praised the excellent support from Silkmen fans in what has become a regular occurrence this season -

He said: “The fans were great, especially in the second half when they were right behind me, but you could hear them all game. Credit to them for coming down and sticking with us through these tough times. They’ve been quality.”

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