UK time is: 16:41:00
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

10 man Walsall in dramatic defeat

Walsall's hearts were broken tonight after coming away pointless in a dramatic clash at the Galpharm. Mark Hughes was sent off for the 2nd time in 6 games for a professional foul.

The Saddlers played the first half all over the place, as Huddersfield ran rings around them and Byfield and Deeney were virtually redundant up front.

It was on minute 21 that Huddersfield got their breakthrough. Mark Hughes brought down Jordan Rhodes in the area as he was on target for goal. The defender was instantly shown red and Theo Robinson put the penalty neatly past Gilmartin.

Walsall just about kept the score at 1-0 as Huddersfield showed their 6th place quality for the rest of the half, but on 46 minutes that Jordan Rhodes made it 2 for the Terriers. The striker put the shot away from the left on the edge of the penalty area.

A firm ticking off by Chris Hutchings no doubt ensued in the dressing room at half time, and it must have worked to bring a Walsall fight back.

Nicholls came on for Byfield as the action resumed.

Huddersfield let 10 man Walsall into the game and the play was more balanced, but the Saddlers still had a hill to climb.

Deeney gave hope to the Walsall side on the 63rd minute, as he fired the ball from low into the back of the net. He had to wait just 6 minutes to amazingly bring the score level, putting the ball into the top left of the net.

On 74 minutes another good Walsall chance came when a corner taken by Julian Gray found the head of Clayton McDonald, but the defender put the ball to the left of the goal.

It was on 82 minutes that Alex Nicholls made the score 3-2 Saddlers. The striker put the ball past keeper Smithies from inside the penalty box. The travelling fans could only look on in disbelief on how the game was now going their way.

However, the party did not last for long. This time Huddersfield pulled the score back to make it 3-3 7 minutes later. Anthony Kay put a close range header past Gilmartin.

But it was not to be Walsall's night. Lee Novak grabbed a a late winner in the 92nd minute, firing his shot into the back of the net.

This may be another away defeat for the Saddlers, but they can take away positives from the game. Hopefully they will put their spirited second half performance into their game at Swindon on Saturday.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Robyn Richards  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 13 2010

Time: 10:49PM

Your Comments

to be fair you should never have been in the game, but great entertainment to watch, 3 points wen to the right place :-)
Terrier24
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

The Guest Blog - Season 2, Episode 8 (Thursday September 18 2014)

Smith Cancels Rest Day (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Rochdale 4-0 Walsall - Report (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Walsall Team News In (v Rochdale) (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Rochdale v Walsall - Preview (Tuesday September 16 2014)

An Evening With Gordan Banks (Monday September 15 2014)

Walsall 3-1 Preston North End - Report (Saturday September 13 2014)

Stats: Walsall v Preston (Saturday September 13 2014)

Walsall v Preston - Preview (Friday September 12 2014)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. john baker 4

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Leyton Orient 0 - 0 Walsall
Walsall 1 - 2 Yeovil
Walsall 0 - 0 Colchester
Walsall 0 - 0 Bradford
Walsall 3 - 1 Preston
Scunthorpe 2 - 1 Walsall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Yeovil 8 2 3 3 -3 9
18. Doncaster 7 2 2 3 -3 8
19. Leyton Orient 7 1 4 2 -1 7
20. Walsall 8 1 4 3 -4 7
21. Scunthorpe 8 2 1 5 -11 7
22. Colchester 8 1 2 5 -4 5
23. Port Vale 8 1 2 5 -7 5

Breaking League News

Former City Star Joins Crawley
Bristol City : 18/09/2014 16:00:00
Orient Reveal New Third Kit
Leyton Orient : 18/09/2014 15:00:00
Ex-City Midfielder Has No Interest In Cardiff Job
Bristol City : 18/09/2014 14:53:00
Davis improves standard
Crewe : 18/09/2014 14:51:00
Crewe sign striker
Crewe : 18/09/2014 14:39:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Whose going to win the World Cup?
Suggested By:  
Brazil 8%
Argentina 21%
Spain 9%
Germany 39%
England 14%
Other 9%