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Dean Smith celebrates 250th game in charge of Walsall with a win

30 September 2015

Dean Smith believes his side had to 'dig in' to celebrate a victory in what was his 250th game in charge of Walsall.

The Saddlers took the three points at Scunthorpe United courtesy of a Rico Henry goal, and that moved them to within one point of Sky Bet League 1 leaders Burton Albion.

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It was Smith's side's sixth victory of the campaign but, according to the boss, one of the most pleasing results.

“I knew it would be a tough game and they didn’t give us much time on the ball,” Smith said. “But defensively we were very professional.

“That’s one of the most pleasing results of the season in terms of performance, discipline and doggedness.

“Doggedness isn’t a word you’d usually associate with our team but we had to dig in tonight.”

250 up

Dean Smith took over at Walsall on 4th January 2011 and has overseen a steady improvement in League 1 with the club.

He also became the first manager to lead the Saddlers out at Wembley, when they competed in last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

His side's latest win, on Tuesday – the 79th of his tenure – kept up their good early-season form, which he has already been rewarded for, by being named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for August.

P: 250
W: 79
D: 93
L: 78
W%: 31.6

And Smith has already set his sights on his 80th victory as Walsall boss...

SMITH: “I’m really pleased to get the win in my 250th game. Hopefully, we can now get another win at the weekend.”

— Walsall FC Official (@WFCOfficial) September 29, 2015

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