IAN Long praised his players’ efforts during the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chasetown in the Semi-Final of the Walsall Senior Cup at The Beeches last night.

The former Tipton boss felt his players gave a good account of themselves against a much improved Scholars side under Marcus Law’s stewardship and Long is disappointed not to make the Final at the Banks’s Stadium next month.

“I felt we had as much possession as Chasetown and played a lot of the game in their half of the field. The difference was that they were very clinical when chances came their way.

“Jordan (Archer) could have had a hat-trick on another night but that’s football. I can’t fault my players’ effort and desire – they always give 110%.

“We need to be a little more composed in the final third and find a bit more quality in that area of the field when those situations arise.

“Sam Williams had to sit on the bench injured due to losing Zac (Foster) just prior to kick-off, and that didn’t help matters. Leigh Downing was also missing and he’s one of our more creative players.

“The game against Brigg on Saturday will give us an opportunity to bounce back and it’s important we’re fully prepared for the game.”