UK time is: 15:26:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Walsall v Wycombe Wanderers: Match report

It's has been called 'the biggest game of our careers' over the previous week, and while that may seem a bold claim, any Walsall fan will tell you how important Saturday's clash with Wycombe was.

Failure to bring any points back from Oldham in midweek, set the stage for the game against immediate relegation rivals Wycombe to be a potentially season deciding game in some respects.

The game started quietly and with neither goalkeeper being tested, a few bright spots of running from Jamie Paterson and a fluffed chance for Alex Nicholls along with a debatable penalty shout turned down, the only real noteworthy points for The Saddlers in the first half.

Shortly into the second half, exciting loanee Flo Cuvelier burst into the Wycombe area in a run from midfield and was tripped just before he pulled the trigger.

Alex Nicholls stepped up to see his second penalty this week fail to hit the back of the net, his tame effort comfortably saved by the Wycombe 'stopper.

The downtrodden Alex Nicholls was replaced not long later by George Bowerman to the obvious pleasure of the Saddlers crowd.

Then out of nowhere Kevan Hurst was given a free run from midfield, which he duly teed up and smashed a wild swerving shot into the back of the net to give Walsall the lead.

Walsall seemed to grow in confidence with Bowerman looking a threat asswell as Paterson and Cuvelier, and experienced head Jon Macken returning from injury for the last twenty minutes.

Macken's introduction into proceedings bore fruit quickly as his experience and quality saw him slip a clever ball through to Bowerman who duly made it two from 7 yards out.

A solid second half won us a game that could have been very different, and disappointingly coincided with all of the teams around us (obviously with the exception of Wycombe) picking up victories.

Tuesdays rearranged game at Glanford Park v Scunthorpe still looks a vital match in the course of the season, although some would say every game between now and the end of the season could and should be treated like a cup final!

Full Time: Walsall 2

Hurst 62' Bowerman 85'

Wycombe 0

Attendance: 3,491 (300 Wycombe fans)



Join Vital Walsall

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




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: Lee Hale Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 19 2012

Time: 4:09AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Walsall Articles

Bradshaw On Wales Standby (Wednesday October 1 2014)

Walsall 3-0 Doncaster Rovers - Report (Saturday September 27 2014)

Walsall v Doncaster - Preview (Friday September 26 2014)

Injury Update (Thursday September 25 2014)

Bradshaw Eases Injury Crisis (Monday September 22 2014)

Walsall Team To Face Gillingham (Saturday September 20 2014)

Gillingham v Walsall - Preview (Friday September 19 2014)

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)

Archived Walsall Articles

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

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Walsall 3 - 0 Doncaster
Walsall 0 - 0 Colchester
Walsall 0 - 0 Bradford
Walsall 3 - 1 Preston
Scunthorpe 2 - 1 Walsall
Port Vale 1 - 1 Walsall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Gillingham 10 3 3 4 -2 12
15. Coventry 10 3 3 4 -2 12
16. Yeovil 10 3 3 4 -4 12
17. Walsall 10 2 5 3 -1 11
18. Doncaster 9 3 2 4 -5 11
19. Leyton Orient 9 2 4 3 -1 10
20. Colchester 10 2 3 5 -1 9

Breaking League News

Keith Hill In Charge of Walsall v City
Bristol City : 02/10/2014 14:27:00
Posh v City Live On The Box.
Bristol City : 02/10/2014 13:44:00
Head to Head: Walsall v City
Bristol City : 02/10/2014 13:00:00
Striker Unmoved. Actions Do The Talking
Preston : 02/10/2014 09:16:00
A Chance Earned
Colchester : 02/10/2014 09:12:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Whose going to win the World Cup?
Suggested By:  
Brazil 7%
Argentina 20%
Spain 9%
Germany 40%
England 15%
Other 9%