Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Dan's View on Middlesbrough Defeat

Dan's View on Middlesbrough Defeat

I feel fairly confident in my ability to speak for all Walsall fans when I say that Mr Darren Deadman and co. completely ruined last night. What should have been a good spectacle and a chance to see a potentially, remarkable giant killing was completely and utterly ruined by the officials and they should be ashamed of their performances. They are paid to pass impartial, calculated judgement on a football match and if last night passes for an acceptable standard of officiating then I`ll immediately volunteer my half-eaten ham sandwich to referee the game against Hartlepool.

For all my grievances, I could have no complaints about the red card or the score-line. Boro were far and away the better team and a player of Chambers experience should know you simply cannot lunge in with 2 feet. Whether you win the ball or not it is a straight red card no matter who is reffing the game. What I do take issue with is when Adam Chambers is blatantly kicked in the head and yet there is no sanction for such a violent reaction. It was a poor challenge; I would have been angry with Chambers if he`d have gone in on me or any of my team-mates like that but kicking another human being in the head is inexcusable and was equally deserving of a straight red card and further disciplinary action after the game. Admittedly, I probably had the best seat in the house for the incident. I am fortunate enough to have a season ticket on the half-way line in the family stand and, therefore, I was well placed to see all of it. The referee could not have seen the kick but the linesman most certainly could and, although it is admirable that the FA would employ a blind assistant referee in the interest of equality, he is probably pursuing the wrong career path.

All my ranting aside, there could be no arguments about the score. What was a difficult task with 11 men quickly became a colossal task with 10 and Middlesbrough really made the advantage tell. They passed the ball brilliantly, exploited the space well and kept us on the back foot for the 75 minutes after Chambers` dismissal and that has to be applauded. Marvin Emnes looks far too good to be playing in the first round of the Carling Cup and it`s hard to believe he`ll be a Middlesbrough player for the next 3 years; contract extension or no contract extension. As much as I hate the fact he single-handedly outplayed us, the Dutchman looks like an incredibly talented young man and his second goal was probably the second best goal we`ll see all season.

Another lad who stood out for me was Merouane Zemmama. Yet another player signed from the SPL, the Moroccan looks like an absolutely steal at just £200,000 in January. Signed from Hibs, the midfielder showed some glimpses of real quality last night and it was a shame he got taken off after just half an hour because he and Emnes were the only things worth watching.

Short of going mad at the referee for not stopping play when our captain and most influential player has a head injury, giving them a daft penalty and generally incensing every Walsall fan in the ground, there`s not much else to say about last night. The better team (Marvin Emnes FC) won and we now go to Hartlepool, Sheffield United and host Yeovil without Adam Chambers. Let`s just hope Anton Peterlin can build on, what I thought was, a promising first competitive game for the club and step up to fill in the massive hole that Chambers has left.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:Dan Malin
Date:Wednesday August 10 2011
Time: 5:33PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Walsall Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For Walsall

Should Walsall progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

Peterborough Chairman Discusses Bradshaw Transfer

MacAnthony said £2m for Tom Bradshaw would be 'superb business' by Walsall FC.

Wales - Bradshaw Out Of Euro 2016 With Injury

BBC reporting Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw is out of Euro 2016 with a calf injury.

Walsall Reject Preston Bradshaw Bid

Express and Star reporting Walsall have rejected Preston derisory offer of £400,000 for leading goalscorer Tom Bradshaw.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

Kev
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Will Win League 1 Play-Offs?
Suggested By: Vital Kev
Walsall31%
Barnsley51%
Millwall16%
Bradford2%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Walsall Results (view all)