Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Walsall 1-1 Hartlepool - Report

Walsall 1-1 Hartlepool - Report

I haven't read any of the other match reports about this game yet, but I suspect there'll be some views at both ends of the spectrum. On the one hand it was a game we absolutely dominated from start to finish, whilst at the same time was a game we never ever looked like winning.

This was my first game since the Swindon one, and we had a new loan goalkeeper in, whilst our new striker started on the bench.

We were managing to pepper the goal with shots that were flying wide, and getting plenty of balls in the box, but Flinders in the Hartlepool goal never really looked overworked. There were a few lucky bounces in the box that always seemed to be breaking Hartlepool's way to the point where, even after half an hour, you felt we just weren't gonna score.

Suddenly though we had too as, in typical Walsall fashion we managed to throw away a position of promise by shooting ourselves in the foot. A shocking backpass from Hemmings sold the new keeper short, who ended up bringing him down for a penalty. No complaints, except from McCarey himself who was booked for dissent. He's young and mouthy in a way that suggests he may well have finished work on Saturday night and spent the evening dossing in a bus shelter with his mates, but maybe I'm being harsh.

Penalty dispatched, keeper went wrong way, 0-1. The half time stats showed we'd had 14 shots on goal to their 0, which considering they'd scored a penalty seemed strange, but it did emphasise our dominance.

In the second half it was more of the same, only now we had our new striker on the pitch...playing on the right wing, naturally. But we did force a leveller when Grigg had a left footed snap shot smartly stopped by Flinders, for Holden to smartly turn home the rebound. You'd have hoped it would have galvanised us into action but, barring a Hartlepool defender slicing a clearance over his own bar, and Brandy (MOTM) sliding one across the goal for nobody to tap in, we didn't really force their keeper into any major saves.

Make no mistake, Hartlepool are a poor side who if they play like that all season will go down. Unless we can start putting the ball in the net, we won't be too far ahead of them.



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

Writer:Kev
Date:Monday November 26 2012
Time: 8:16AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Walsall Articles

Flanagan hopeful of pre-season return

Promising midfielder Reece Flanagan is aiming for a pre-season return

West Brom and Aston Villa pre-season ticket news

Ticket news for two of the Saddlers fixtures this pre-season.

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Makris putting in the graft

Record signing Andreas Makris is ready to knuckle down

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 Offs21%
Mid Table Medicority50%
Relegation21%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Sheff Utd 46 30 10 6 100 45
P Bolton 46 25 11 10 86 32
3 Scunthorpe 46 24 10 12 82 26
4 Fleetwood 46 23 13 10 82 21
5 Bradford 46 20 19 7 79 19
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 73 9
7 Southend 46 20 12 14 72 17
8 Oxford 46 20 9 17 69 13
9 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 9
10 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 66 -2
11 Peterborough 46 17 11 18 62 0
12 MK Dons 46 16 13 17 61 2
13 Charlton 46 14 18 14 60 7
14 Walsall 46 14 16 16 58 -7
15 Wimbledon 46 13 18 15 57 -3
16 Northampton 46 14 11 21 53 -13
17 Oldham 46 12 17 17 53 -13
18 Shrewsbury 46 13 12 21 51 -17
19 Bury 46 13 11 22 50 -12
20 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
R Port Vale 46 12 13 21 49 -25
R Swindon 46 11 11 24 44 -22
R Coventry 46 9 12 25 39 -31
R Chesterfield 46 9 10 27 37 -35
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Northants Saddler1
2.telfordsaddler1
3.Dale Derrivale1
The Vital Football Members League