Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Walsall hit by Hartlepool

Walsall hit by Hartlepool

Walsall have suffered their sixth defeat this season, this time at the hands of lucky Hartlepool.

Three changes were made as Nicholls returned to the starting lineup, alongside Macken and Reid. Lancashire replaced McDonald in defence. Marshall sat out the match as Hutchings played a 4-3-3.

The game started well as Saddlers were looking lively and organised with Reid running apace at the front. They took an early lead thanks to a well taken Gray shot after some good work by McGivern and Richards. 0-1 The Saddler fans were in fine voice after a promising start.

Hartlepool were weak in midfield and Walsall could have easily been ahead by more, but their lack of cohesion and  clinical finishing let them down. All three strikers were working hard but lacking poise in front of goal.

As the half ticked down, Hartlepool edged their way into the game, when, on 43 minutes, they got an equaliser. Anthony Sweeney got into space, the Saddlers minds were elsewhere and they took their opportunity to pull things even. 1-1

The second half started shakily for the Saddlers and Hartlepool wasted no time  in taking the lead. A free kick was awarded to them and the ball came in for Monkhouse and he headed it sweetly into the net. Walsall were left frustrated and looking at each other at where they went wrong. 2-1

After that, Saddlers looked jaded, out of sorts and not like creating any real chances. Fans were vocal in their dismay at Hutchings with chants of 'You'll be sacked in the morning' echoing around the away stand. It was hard not to point the finger in his direction as little emotion was seen by him or assistant boss Martin O' Connor.

Smith went down with a bleeding head after an accidental collision with Reid, but he soon carried on after treatment.

On 67 minutes Walsall were lucky not to go further behind as a Hartlepool danger was avoided. 

After fan frustrations poured out, Hutchings put on Will Grigg for Julian Gray in an attempt to salvage the game for a point.

Some hopeful good work towards the end involving Richards, McGivern, Reid ended in a effort by Lescott, but the shot easily saved.

As 4 minutes time was added, late chances by McGivern and Reid went unsuccessful and the Saddlers hopeful start seemed a distant memory. 

Another day, another disappointment and there seems to be no let up and not much by way of light at the end of the tunnel.  The fans spent a time relentlessly chanting for Hutching's departure and perhaps that what they need to rejuvenate their season.



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

Writer:Robyn Richards
Date:Saturday September 25 2010
Time: 7:48PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Walsall Articles

EFL Awards 2017 Shortlists Revealed

The Football League have now confirmed the shortlists for the awards categories for this years EFL Awards.

Away days - what's happened?

A blog on our away day woe under Jon Whitney.

Chambers pleased with progress

Saddlers captain Adam Chambers happy with how the Saddlers are progressing.

League One 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (27/3/17)

With most playing 39 League One games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

TP1992
Editor email
Profile
Kev
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:
Automatic Promotion8%
Play Offs22%
Mid Table Medicority51%
Relegation19%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 39 23 10 6 79 30
2 Bolton 39 22 9 8 75 28
3 Fleetwood 39 19 12 8 69 19
4 Scunthorpe 40 19 10 11 67 21
5 Bradford 40 16 18 6 66 15
6 Southend 39 17 12 10 63 13
7 Millwall 38 16 12 10 60 8
8 Rochdale 38 16 9 13 57 6
9 Bristol Rovers 40 15 12 13 57 -1
10 Oxford 39 16 8 15 56 5
11 Peterborough 40 15 10 15 55 1
12 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
13 Wimbledon 39 12 15 12 51 1
14 Northampton 40 14 8 18 50 -6
15 MK Dons 39 12 12 15 48 -1
16 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
17 Bury 40 12 10 18 46 -7
18 Oldham 40 10 15 15 45 -12
19 Gillingham 40 11 12 17 45 -17
20 Shrewsbury 39 11 10 18 43 -14
21 Port Vale 38 10 12 16 42 -17
22 Swindon 40 10 9 21 39 -18
23 Chesterfield 40 8 9 23 33 -28
24 Coventry 40 7 11 22 32 -27
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Walsall Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Bradford City (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Oxford United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Swindon Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Coventry City (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 25 2017 7:45PM : Port Vale (H)
Sky Bet League One
The Vital Football Members League