Football - Smith hails rearguard action

Walsall boss Dean Smith was delighted with a resilient defensive display as Brentford were held at home.

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The Saddlers were second best for much of the match but defended impressively to deny the play-off chasing Bees.

Smith said: "This is a great point for us and I think a fair result. We played a lot of the second half in the Brentford half and even hit the post for them.

"The boys have done really well against a very good team because it was always going to be tough coming to a place like this with their home record. It's results like this that make us realise we need fear nowhere."

His striker Fabian Brandy was a constant threat for the visitors, who defended resolutely and withstood a late barrage from the increasingly desperate Bees.

Smith added: "We've got a very young back four but I wouldn't hesitate to put them in to any kind of situation. Today they showed that they can cope with the high quality players that Brentford threw on."

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