Saddlers last gasp draw
19th August 2006
Richard Money allowed the players to walk the short distance to the ground from the hotel in an effort to loosen the players up for the game. However the saddlers seemed to be expecting a walk in the park, as they failed to get to grips with a determined Lincoln side. In truth the first half was a million miles away from the previous performances and it look certain that the 679 away fans were going to witness an away day off day. The main problem was midfield with Kinsella and Keates unable to get to grips with the Imps.
The first goal was a sucker punch as we fell asleep as Adie Moses took a quick freekick which allowed Kerr and frecklington to link up, before the ex Scarbourough man let fly into the net from distance. To rub salt into the wound Walsall who had kept three clean sheets in the last three games conceeded a second. This time some good play from ex sadler Jamie Forester and Mark Stallard left the defence wide open as Frecklington speed into the box to send a diving header into the net past the exposed Clayton Ince. The Saddlers claimed offside but on one else agreed. Walsall were rocked by the events and failed to get to grips and third for the Imps seemed more likely than a Saddlers goal.
Richard Money was given his first managerial test this season, and his team were under pressure. His solution was to replace Mark Kinsella with Craig Pead, and the ineffective Mark Wright with new boy Carlos Fanguerio.
The changes made it a more even contest with Craig Pead in particular making an impact, with Carlos also more dangerous than Wrighty. However despite scares at both ends it looked as if the Saddlers had left there shooting boots at Bescot. Richard Money then introduced Ishmel Demontagnac in place of Daniel Fox, and he injected some much needed pace out wide. Then what looked to be a consilation goal, Kris Taylor burst into the box onto a deflected through ball to fire low under keeper Marriot. Free kicks for both teams were wasted and Lincoln were trying to waste time as Walsall pushed forward, 3 minutes of stoppage time was indicated, then with time running out, Gerrard fed Carlos Fanguerio who turn and fired in from eight yards despite Marriot gettting a hand to it, the ball nestled into the net, anguish for the Imps, celebrations for the Saddlers.
A draw that feels like a win!!!
The training ground this week will be some set piece practise we were poor at both ends today.