April Fools= Walsall
1st April 2006 3pm
A wonderful day, sun was shining the beer was cold, the company enjoyable...then it happened the game started and we failed to turn up. A performance more similar to that against Yeovil rather than those against the likes of Swansea,Southend,Colchester, and Tranmere.
We deserved to lose don't get me wrong but Blackpool were a very poor side. Our attitude was wrong and they wanted it more they closed down faster and got behind the ball quicker. The facts are if we don't resolve these basic requirements we will go down.
The first half was very much a non event, despite not stringing much together we were fairly comfortable in defence, with only two moments of concern. One where Roper was required to pull off a super last ditch tackle, taking the ball cleanly despite the howls of derision, from the built half of the stadium. The second was the comedy moment, when there forward had a free header into an empty net, only to find Andy Oakes who was walking back towards his goal ready to pick the ball out of the net. Apart from a free kick our forward play lacked the pace provided by the missing Ishmal or James or even Smith to a lesser extent. Devlin and Claridge were not on the same wave lenght and things were not 'sticking' up front.
The second half, Blackpool started brighter, Roper was lucky not to see red when he brought down Parker, no really he didn't dive this time. Mr Beeby deemed that yellow was sufficent. Walsall were still in second gear, but on the back foot and the firsy goal came when we gave Williams too much time on the edge of the box after he had been feed by Rory Prendergast, Williams took the offer to shoot and placed it low into the net. It would have been nice to see us step up a gear but we were stuck in first, and a second goal came shortly afterwards, Williams feed Southern who fired in from 25 yards, again not closed down and some will question Oakes who seemed to go down late but he might have been unsighted in his defence.
KB who was looking a disgruntled figure on the touch line tried to inject some attacking prowess to proceedings. However Timms for Wright, and Fitzgerald for the limping Osborn, and Barrowman for the tiring Claridge did little but upset the shape of the team and surrendered midfield to Blackpool. Who went on to have the majority of the procession with out creating anything clean cut, proving how poor Blackpool were on the day. But still better than us it must be said. We have had some poor performances away from home, Brenford and Bristol, Bradford spring to mind but due to the poor opposition this must rack as one of the worst.
They have shown that they are better than this showing.
The rest of the season