Date: 4th April 2010 at 3:52pm
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Gary Ablett feels that County’s inability to grab a winner against ten-man Walsall completely sums up The Hatters luckless season.

County had 25 shots on The Saddlers goal on Saturday and peppered ‘keeper Rene Gilmartin with attempts in the second half, but we couldn’t force a winner against the stout defenders of mid-table Walsall, though Ablett felt ‘the performance absolutely merited a winner’.

‘I think we’ve had 28 attempts at goal and had 13 corners, but we just couldn’t get that winner.’

The 44-year-old did concede that the sending off ‘changed the game somewhat’, but he was pleased with County’s attacking approach throughout the second-half, and praised Chris Hutchings’ men for their ‘magnificent defending.’

‘The sending-off did change the game, but our whole approach was top class. I won’t be having a go at any of the players. We tried to get the ball in the right areas and we’ve crated lots of chances, in fact Walsall have defended magnificently. We dictated the tempo throughout, we were a constant threat.’

County travel down to Carrow Road for tomorrow’s Easter Monday fixture against table-toppers Norwich knowing that a defeat would push them to within just one more defeat of certain relegation this season.

Ablett said: ‘We’ll go down their with a strategy and knowing that we’re playing with pride for the shirt and the fans, but I wouldn’t rule us out of the tie because you just never know with us.’