Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Matthew Richards turns on Walsall Christmas lights

Matthew Richards turns on Walsall Christmas lights

Matthew Richards fired into the net yesterday to present Walsall a 1-0 victory and kick started the Saddler festive period.

The Saddlers went into the game against Charlton huge underdogs on a clear but cold Sunday afternoon, but a combination of a sparkling performance by the Saddlers and a ropey looking Charlton, the visitors were able to smile again with three points in the bag.

The 114 Saddler supporters had something to cheer about throughout. The results of the poll promised more following than that for the rescheduled fixture, as 78% of you said they would still make the journey. However the real attendence was down by half of the following in the freezing FA Cup defeat to Torquay (230 Saddlers)

Jon Macken and Reuben Reid were absent through injury as well as Jonny Brain starting in goal ahead of crocked Jimmy Walker. Brain however had a decent game and early worries never came to fruition. Will Grigg also earned his second start in as many games.

Play started spiritedly for the Saddlers, but they failed to turn chances into goals. Nicholls fired over early on, after Charlton's keeper Rob Elliot failed to clear a throw in by Richard Taundry.

Matthew Richards then fired into the wall with a free kick in an ideal position on 8 minutes. Alex Nicholls, Richard Taundry and Steve Jones then hooked up well but the ball was sent to the back netting by Taundry.

The Saddlers went in for half time searching for that goal after lots of hard work. In utter irony, the home team were booed off whilst the Saddler fans clapped. It was a very unusual sight to see.

In the second half and in front of the away supporters, a long autumn of despair was turned to elation as Walsall at its' best shone brightly. As the away team pressurised the Addicks more and more, it became inevitable that the game was going to go only one way. It was on 69 minutes that Walsall got their breakthrough with a well worked, stunning goal by Matthew Richards and Charlton were given their just desserts. Alex Nicholls sent to ball to Julian Gray from the right, who then passed to Richards to volley the ball into the net. The Saddler following erupted as the game went deservingly their way, the players could barely contain their delight.

Walsall remained on top for much of the second half as play rarely went beyond the half way line. Jones, Nicholls, Taundry and Richards all linked up nicely to keep their lead and Charlton out of reach. Grigg went off late on to be replaced by fellow youngster Jamie Paterson. A tense finish as Walsall did nothing but attack on goal and in the end a surprise it stayed at just 1-0. Jonny Brain got playful cheers towards the end as he comfortably caught a Charlton free kick. A world away from the nightmare he suffered against Rochdale in September. Nicholls went through clear on goal very late on to seal the deal, with only Charlton keeper Rob Elliot to block, but somehow the ball stayed out of the net.

And Walsall went home with all three points, many elated Saddler fans and off the bottom of the table after switching places with Yeovil. With easing pressure off manger Chris Hutchings, it may just be a pivotal turning point in Walsall fortunes as we head into the significant festive period and beyond. Matthew Richards made it five goals and is having a raving time after scoring 4 of those in the last 7 games as he goes from strength the strength.

Next week we welcome Southampton to the Banks's in the last game before Christmas. Come on the Saddlers!



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

Writer:Robyn Richards
Date:Tuesday December 14 2010
Time: 10:05PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Login to post a comment

Recent Walsall Articles

Walsall v Millwall - PREVIEW

We welcome Millwall to the Banks's Stadium on Saturday as two of last seasons play off teams battle it out. Both Neil Harris and Jon Whitney are under fire as both clubs languish in the bottom seven,

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16)

The Football League, or as it wants to be known now, the EFL, have compiled the statistics with the vast majority of clubs now ten games into the new 2016/17 season.

The Guest Blog - Season 4 Episode 5

Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, explains why he feels he's falling out of love with the game.

Sheffield United (a) Postponed Due To International Call Ups

Makris, Kouhyar and Kinsella given international recognition therefore Sheffield United (a) has been postponed.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

Kev
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:
Automatic Promotion10%
Play Offs23%
Mid Table Medicority42%
Relegation25%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Scunthorpe 10 6 3 1 21 14
2 Bury 10 6 2 2 20 8
3 Bradford 10 4 6 0 18 5
4 Northampton 10 4 5 1 17 7
5 Port Vale 10 5 2 3 17 3
6 Sheff Utd 10 5 2 3 17 0
7 Bolton 10 4 4 2 16 2
8 Gillingham 10 4 3 3 15 -2
9 Peterborough 10 3 4 3 13 4
10 Bristol Rovers 10 3 4 3 13 -1
11 Chesterfield 10 3 3 4 12 1
12 Charlton 10 2 6 2 12 1
13 Fleetwood 10 3 3 4 12 0
14 MK Dons 10 3 3 4 12 -1
15 Rochdale 10 3 3 4 12 -1
16 Oxford 10 3 3 4 12 -1
17 Millwall 10 3 3 4 12 -3
18 Swindon 10 3 2 5 11 -4
19 Southend 10 3 2 5 11 -8
20 Wimbledon 10 2 4 4 10 -3
21 Walsall 10 2 4 4 10 -5
22 Shrewsbury 10 2 3 5 9 -5
23 Oldham 10 1 6 3 9 -5
24 Coventry 10 0 6 4 6 -6
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Walsall Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Millwall (H)
Sky Bet League One
Oct 8 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Gillingham (a)
Sky Bet League One
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Swindon Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Coventry City (H)
Sky Bet League One