Walsall boss Dean Smith was left disappointed and felt his side froze on the biggest stage but vows they will come back stronger from it.
Smith said ‘I’m bitterly disappointed,’ ‘Our use of the ball which is usually our strength of ours wasn’t good enough. They used it better than we did.’
‘We conceded two poor goals from our point of view,’ he said. ‘That’s disappointing.’
‘It’s been a great occasion and one we will look back at fondly,’ said Smith.
“It was a special occasion and I wanted us to embrace it. In the end we just came up short against the Champions-elect.
“I have to say that the fans were brilliant. It was great to see so many of them there to support us and I am proud of what this club has achieved, even though we couldn`t get the result that we were looking for.’
“We`re building and we`ll move on from this. The players will learn from the experience and it`s part of a learning curve.’
Walsall boss Smith has come into criticism on our biggest day for fielding three players who were clearly unfit and for not ‘going for it’ when we had nothing to lose.