Walsall's all Wrighty
Fraser Eagle Stadium
Saterday 21st October 2006
Attendance: 3142 (1265 saddlers)
A day which had an FA Cup first round feel to it, brought about another three points for Walsall. However the performance whilst proffessional and disciplined was nothing special.In part some of this was due to the heart of the team been torn out before kick off. Skipper Martin Dobson and key striker Martin Butler both failing to make the 16 due to injury and sickness.
The absence of Butler was a major concern since the efforts to find an effective strike partnership without him had failed big style on tuesday. A short of confidence as well as fitness, James Constable got the chance to shine. Whilst Anthony Gerrard moved from defence to midfield to partner Keates, allowing Roper to return to centre half alongside Dann. The midfield in truth failed to gel and half time saw DD move Dann to right back and Gerrard to centre half to allow Pead into midfield. This contributed to a slow start to the second half by the Saddlers.
However by this stage Walsall had taken the lead almost against the run of play, with Gerrard finding Wright, whoose high cross was headed onto the bar by Constable, allowing Hector Sam to poach the goal.
The equaliser came as Stanley pushed to get back into the game, a free kick was given against Gerrard on the edge of the box and Crainey accepted the invitation to curl a beauty into the top corner...Ince had no chance.
Ishmel joined fellow sub Kinsella and shortly afterwards his low cross was bundled into the goal by Wright. From that point we never looked like conceeding an equaliser as Stanleys heads dropped.
In truth a workman like three points we had the chances to seal the game and make it 2-0, but we missed Butlers cutting edge. At 1-1, last season we would have gone on to lose not under Dickie though.
However some credit to Accrington, who have beaten Notts Forest, Carlisle, Wycombe at home as well as drawing with Swindon. It is a place that not many teams will leave with three points, they play to there strenghts and never give up and continue pressing, yet once again the Saddlers show they are equal to the challenge.
A strike force of Izale Mcleod, Taylor, Platt and Wilbraham will test our defence and clean sheet record, whilst the pace of ex bag lady Dyer will also cause us problems.