UK time is: 04:05:22
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

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.




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: Kev Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 26 2012

Time: 8:16AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Walsall Articles

The Green Man For Walsall Fans Only (Saturday January 31 2015)

Walsall To Play In Black For JPT Final (Saturday January 31 2015)

Smith Wants Loan Signing (Friday January 30 2015)

Kieron Morris Joins Wrexham On Loan (Friday January 30 2015)

Smith Tried To Get Bonser To Attend (Thursday January 29 2015)

Smith Wants Wembley Double (Thursday January 29 2015)

Taylor 'We Want To Win It' (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Stats: Walsall v Preston (Wednesday January 28 2015)

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
Colchester 0 - 2 Walsall
Walsall 1 - 4 Scunthorpe
Walsall 0 - 2 Coventry
MK Dons 0 - 3 Walsall
Walsall 1 - 4 Swindon
Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Walsall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Doncaster 25 9 8 8 -3 35
13. Port Vale 28 10 5 13 -6 35
14. Notts County 26 9 7 10 -4 34
15. Walsall 26 8 9 9 -2 33
16. Scunthorpe 25 9 6 10 -4 33
17. Barnsley 26 9 5 12 -3 32
18. Gillingham 27 8 7 12 -8 31

Breaking League News

They were better quality - Davis
Crewe : 31/01/2015 22:28:00
Crewe hammered by Dons
Crewe : 31/01/2015 22:10:00
Report: Crewe 0-5 MK Dons
MK Dons : 31/01/2015 21:55:00
The Green Man For Walsall Fans Only
Walsall : 31/01/2015 20:42:00
Preston : 31/01/2015 18:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is the best keeper we have had since Jimmy Walker?
Suggested By:  
Clayton Ince 20%
Richard O'Donnell 62%
Other 18%