Writer: Jorge's Jottings
Date:Tuesday March 21 2006
Well the honeymoon period ended with a bang.
We actually didn't start too badly and actually looked like we could get the ball wide and cause the Yeovil defence some problems with Skipper Devlin looking particularly dangeroys on the ball. Then it all went wrong, Ishmel got booked for a badly timed attempt to get the ball. Then it was if the midfield of Smith and Leary realised our 4-4-2 formation was out numbered in midfield by there 3-5-2. Panic the ball became a hot potatoe and we started playing high and long...not our strenght. Then it happened the Yeovil sub Lindergaard was allowed to run at the defence we had three players in attendance and none of them put any effective challenge in. He had time and space in the box to cut a perfect ball for the unmarked Matt Harold to chest down in acres of space to fire past Oakes who had no chance.24 minutes gone
In the match preview we wrote the first goal would be crucial, and so it proved. The confidance drained from the team. The ball became an even hotter potatoe, and was kick long and inaccurately comming back at us quicker and better by a confident Yeovil team. Yet we should have equalised Ishmel Demontagnac produced a low cross from the left which looked certain that James was going to tap into the unguarded net only to not get there under pressure.
In the 33 minute the goalden rule of defending was broken Roper letting the ball bounce leaving Oakes in no man's land, he hesitated and Aaron Davies nipped in to fire past him 0-2.
What followed was the worse performance by a Walsall team at Bescot for quite a while, no passion no ideas, no accuracy in the passing, any shots going wide were met with a chourus of derision. The team left the field to a chourus of Boo's.
Merse has often said it is easy to play when you are 2 down. So despite the poor showing the crowd hoped for some fight and passion and a improved second half. KB brought on Mads Timm for Mark Wright, in an attempt to add some creativity as Yeovil were bound to sit back. He also changed to a 3-5-2 to accomodate Timm. Things got worse the ballwas just booted down the throats of the centre halfs ....how Devlin was expected to anything constructive with balls in the air I don't known. Confidence and possession lost in fact as Walsall pushed forward we looked vunerable at the back and weak in midfield we were poor in the challenge and out run and out thought. Our mistakes nearly lead to a third for Yeovil, Oakes continuing in a bermusing performance kicking poorly making uncertain descisions yet making a couple of class saves to keep it down to two. Bring in on Westwood for the injured Smith was not greeted by any enthusisium by the crowd, Fox pushed into midfield. In the 89 minute with the game lost Ishmel Demontagnac made another rash tackle and despite the protests he was shown the red card and had to be pulled away from a confrontation with the ref. Three minutes of stoppage time ended the suffering with crys of 'what a load of rubbish'
Yeovil were a very poor team and we made them look average and better than us by miles.
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Date:Tuesday March 21 2006
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