Dean Smith was proud of his Walsall players' performance despite going six games without a win courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at Coventry.
Nathan Delfouneso's late winner secured three points for Coventry in the West Midlands derby as they beat Walsall 2-1 at Sixfields.
Walsall have lost their appeal over the red card Sam Mantom picked up against Preston on the weekend.
Team news for Wednesday's League One clash between Coventry City and Walsall at Sixfields Stadium.
Walsall boss Dean Smith refused to make a scapegoat of his defence after a comedy own goal cost them in a 2-1 defeat at Preston.
Goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell's huge blunder cost Walsall dear as Preston kept up their promotion push with a 2-1 win at Deepdale.
Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston North End and Walsall at Deepdale.
Dean Smith criticised referee Kevin Wright after seeing Walsall lose 2-1 to a Crawley side that had not played for a month.