Saturday, 10 December 2011

Walsall 1 v Charlton Athletic 1

Good point at the end of the day but there will be some disappointment that we didn't take all three. We had the better of the first half with the lion share of possession and territory but they got the lead courtesy of a deflected clearance from a corner which fell for them, so going in level at the break was probably only fair.

In the second-half, Danny Hollands had a chance to put us in front but he headed at the on-rushing keeper when left or right would have done it. Walsall finished the game strongly although we had a good shout for a penalty at the death for a handball but the ball was travelling at speed and the ref may well have called it right.

Darel Russell had his best game yet and looked like the player he invariably has been against us. Hogan Ephraim had another good showing and he made our goal by picking out the hanging Kermorgant at the back post. Ephraim and Wiggins' inter-passing and movement was telepathic at times and it bodes well for the coming games. BWP had a quiet game but Smith and Lancashire were outstanding in central defence for the home team.

Danny Green had another ineffective away game and was the obvious first substitution, not that Scott Wagstaff had little more joy when he appeared.

As I say, a good point on a heavy pitch. I expect us to exercise some of our frustrations on Oldham next week.

2 comments:

Mike BARRY said...

I thought we were p*** poor in the first half. Virtually no midfield and Solly exposed by a skilful winger.
Second half was a considerable improvement and we could have sneaked it if Hollands had netted.
However, once again Wagstaffe was petulant enough to go for a penalty when if he had stayed on his legs he might have crossed for a goal. I was surprised he was not booked.
As for pubs, we found 2 great pubs near the cathedral just 16 minutes walk from the station. Good range of real ales (one even had about 16 with a video numbered menu on the wall and 3 pints for under £8). Need to get you good pubs guide out next time.

Dave said...

Morning Mike - I think you are being a little harsh on our first-half showing. We didn't create much but we took the game to them which was just what you expect from a table-topping side. Thought we looked a cut above. Glad to hear you found a decent pub - I was on a layer train so the 32 minutes drinking time was valuable! Last time I went up there (snowed off), we went into Walsall itself, where there were better options but obviously it would have meant an earlier train and a journey back to the Bescot.