BBC Sport - Walsall: Dean Smith proud to lead Saddlers to Wembley
Smith proud to lead Walsall to Wembley
- From the section Football
Walsall boss Dean Smith tells BBC Midlands Today's Ian Winter that he is proud to become the first manager in the club's 127-year history to lead a team to Wembley.
A 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final aggregate win over Preston North End was sealed by Tuesday's goalless second-leg draw at the Banks's Stadium.
It booked a meeting with either Bristol City or Gillingham on Sunday, 22 March - City hold a 4-2 lead after the first leg of their tie with the Gills.
"It's a very proud moment for me," said Smith. "I was quite calm throughout. I never thought it was in any doubt. My two centre-halves, Paul Downing and James Chambers, were outstanding. We restricted them to very few chances until late on.
"I've led out a team at Wembley as a player," added Smith, who skippered Orient to the 1999 Division Two play-off final. "It will be extra special to do it as manager. I'm so pleased for everyone involved, none more so than the chairman Jeff Bonser."