Sat 15th April 2006 3pm
They say that you make your own luck, and they say things go against you when you are at the bottom. Well we are still waiting for our slice of luck this season. Since things very much went against us on Saturday.
After having a goal which had clearly crossed the line disallowed against Bournemouth on tuesday we had hoped for some fair play from Mr Foy and his officials. However two mistakes from the reffering team could have put the final nail in our coffin.
First the 86th minute equaliser was claimed to be offside by many closer to the action than myself and the Walsall bench were angered by the decision. Then we had Andrew Barrowmans goal ruled out due to an foul on Vale keeper Mark Goodlad, when in fact he was 'fouled' by his own defender. KB in his post match comments was convinced both decisions should have gone in Walsall's favour, and the players made there feelings known to the ref as he left the pitch. Another incident that went unpunished was a hand ball in the area by the vale fullback whilst on the ground, however Mr Foy and team were all unsighted so they have an excuse for that one, although the frustration led to a rash tackle which Constable rightly got booked.
Whilst the game centred around these key moments the rest of the match was very much unforgetable. The first half was poor with Walsalls visable lack of confidence causing rushed play, Vale were little different to be honest.
Port Vale who brought on World cup hopeful Hector Sam at half time,started the second half slowly and fell behind to a 50 minute James Constable, after a good tackle by Dean Keates led to us getting behind the Vale back four for the first time. After that Walsall were very much more comfortable and despite nerves causing us to defend a bit too deep for my liking. However we never produced the killer ball which in the end is what cost us a second goal and the win that on the balance of play we just deserved.
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