Walsall's Barnet Report
Saturday 2nd September 2006
Its hard not to find yourself moaning after such a poor performance, however it is still a good start with five wins and two draws out of seven games, oh don't forget the five clean sheets.
Dickie Dosh made the changes and the team was set up to battle with Pead and Fox in midfield either side of combative Keates and returning skipper Michael Dobson. Upfront Butler was joined by Sam with Constable out of the 16.
Barnet started well and we totally lost control (if we ever had it) with Dobson looking like a player who has been out three weeks, the defensive make up of the team meant the forwards were stared of chances, and the defence had to withstand a lot of pressure although Barnet didn't create too many clear cut chances. However poor defending cost us a goal in the 16th minute when Hendon long throw drew two defenders to Anthony Charles, which allowed Dean Sinclair to finish from 6 yards, that will be a bit of a video nasty in training monday. The rest of the first half followed the same dismal pattern.
Half time only one down, Barnet must have been disappointed, Roper had picked up a knock to his knee and was replaced by Carlos Fanguerio, with Westwood moving to centre half and Pead back to full back.
We started much brighter with the pace and width that was missing, although now kicking down the slope, the wind had got up and even the strong kicking of Ince was struggling to clear. Early pressure brought its reward when Keates fired in a 20 yarder although a deflection helped it past the keeper. The expected push for the winner never really materialised, with the game opening up to a much more even game. Ishmel Demontagnac came on for Kris Taylor with Fox moving back to left back. The Demon troubled the home defence and in response was given some rough treatment, which to his credit he responded well to. One run took him past four defenders before forcing a good save from Harrison, the loose ball was fired towards goal by another sub Mark Wright but a magnificent goal line clearence to prevent a certain winner. The game continued with chances for both teams but it ended all square, Barnet will probably feel there first half performance desired three points.
As for Walsall we are going to face some direct teams like Barnet, and the conditions can not be used as an excuse, we will have to play on some poor pitchs come winter so we must learn the lessons and move on. However it is still an unbeaten start and last season we would have lost this game.
Lessons to be learnt.
We need that extra striker.
The left sided Fox Taylor combination didn't look right today.
I question Keats Dobson midfield combination.