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Dean Smith gives up Play-Off dream

12 April 2014

Walsall manager Dean Smith conceded their faint Play-Off hopes had gone after his punchless team were beaten 1-0 by Bristol City despite dominating at the Banks's Stadium.

But the Robins, who secured victory with a Sam Baldock penalty, are now at the magical 50 point mark which should ensure they are playing League One football again next season.

In contrast, when Walsall were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute for a foul by Greg Cunningham on Michael Ngoo, Sam Mantom was given the responsibility of the spot-kick because Craig Westcarr was suspended, and his tame shot was kept out by Simon Moore.

Smith said: "We are not going to make the play-offs now, and that's disappointing, and its disappointing to be beaten at home after controlling the game.

"They (City) didn't deserve to win the game. We have had a few chances but we were not quite good enough in the final third. But we didn't deserve to lose.

"We had all the possession, controlled the game and the tempo of the game but just didn't put the ball in the back of the net.

"I'm disappointed because we did not deserve to lose that game, but we gave them a shot from 12 yards and we missed from 12 yards. Sam Mantom had been banging them in right left and centre in practice, but unfortunately not here."

Smith insisted he had looked at that City penalty decision again and believes it should never have been a s pot-kick, though Bristol manager Steve Cotterill insisted: "It was a cast iron penalty, so was theirs."

Cotterill, who has done a fantastic job since taking over at Ashton Gate when City were close to the bottom of the table, added: "We are probably safe now, but only probably.

"We have four games left to play, after the start of the season was a bit of a disaster, and we now want to get ourselves into, maybe, the top 10.

"Walsall are a good team and I said that when they played at our place ,and a penalty separated us that day.

Walsall are a really good team and Dean (Smith) has done a fantastic job here, and they have been up there all season. I knew it would be a difficult game."

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