It's goodnight from us
17th April 2006 3pm
Its the report I don't won't to right, it's where the call for help from International rescue has turned into mission impossible.
In a game which sums up Walsall since Christmas the feeling was made worse when the news filtered through that we were rock bottom of the division. The truth is that if you put on those rose tinted glasses if we win our last three games we will stay up, but the stark reality is we are down playing for pride.
So what abouts this afternoons events, well we came across a Doncaster team showing little urgency and in the first half were content to play it around at the back then look for the long ball to the head of Leo Fortune West, one of four changes to there team from saturday. Things might have been different if Andrew Barrowman a suprise choice in place of saturdays goalscorer James Constable had taken his chances. In fact he had one good chance, one half chance and the miss of the season blazing over from eight yards.Our performance again showed promise but lack creativity and that cutting edge. Andy Oakes in fact had little to do in the first half. Then in the 43minute Micheal Standing was pulled up for hand ball in the D in front of goal, although it did hit him the Walsall players protested it was ball to hand but to no avail. Up stepped Coppinger who bent it slightly around the wall and into the net past the stationary Oakes. Oakes blamed the wall the wall blamed Oakes for not linning them up right!!!
Half time results came through and the gloom grew darker. The second half started and Walsall as in so many games had plenty of the ball and initially the ball spent more time in the Doncaster half, but we rarely looked like scoring and didn't trouble the Doncaster goal. KB brought on Daryl Taylor on for his first appearence since returning from his loan spell at Hereford, he replaced the ineffectual Standing. Later subsitutions of Ishmel Demontagnac and James Constable in place of Grant Smith and Andrew Barrowman still couldn't find the break through. Although Constable missed a sitter from 6 yards, the linesmans raised flag saved his blushes. Doncaster started to come into the game more and hada couple of good chances to seal the victory on the break, also with our inability to mark there strikers. Then in the final moments and the four minutes of stoppage time we had a couple of chances when the ball played ping pong in the area but we didn't have the luck or the killer instinct to pull a goal back. Even sending Andy Oakes up for late corner failed to provide anything except a comedy moment.
When the final whistle blew it was evident the players knew the consequence of the result against a Doncaster team which if the truth is known were there for the taking. We are bottom of the league, if you don't take you chances and give away sloppy goals thats all that you can expect. My lasting memory of my last vist to the Earth Stadium will be at the end when the whistle went and club captain Chris Westwood slumped down head on his hands.... I wonder what he was thinking.
The fact Simon Osborn and James Constable couldn't make two games in three days says a lot about the training of the previous manager especially if forty year old Claridge can last 90 minutes in both games. I feel sorry for KB who is in danger of been made a scape goat for a situation not of his making. But I do question that perhaps the players are not suited to his style of play, and that is his choice.
Where to now
Also lets find out which loan players want to play in league two for us, if they don't don't play them lets build for next season.