Sunday, 21 August 2016

Walsall 1 v Charlton Athletic 2

A good away win where Nicky Ajose notched his first two goals of the season and Josh Magennis provided assists for both. Walsall were no slouches and had chances to have changed the result but a fine double save from Rudd kept us on level terms in the first half and he pulled off a stunner to win us the match in the dying seconds when he managed to push a Saddlers effort onto his post.

It sounded like a decent match with both sides created opportunities. Jose skimmed the bar in the first half and walloped the woodwork in the second, so the result could have been anything really. Slade went with unchanged side for the third match and used his subs to protect Jackson and Holmes, with of whom left the field gingerly. Holmes was the stand-out again although Rudd drove him close and Ajose and Magennis both featured strongly.

After the reversal at Bury on the opening day we have responded strongly and are only a point behind last year's good start. Let's hope the wheels don't come off quite as soon as last season. The next two matches should bring a more qualified start to our season as early table-toppers Bolton are next up in SE7, followed by a tough looking trip to second-place Scunny who whipped Gillingham five-nought yesterday. I hope Parky gets a good reception next week when he leads his unbeaten Bolton side out at the Valley.

The mantra of some who are boycotting home matches but travelling away, looks to be holding with just shy of 750 there yesterday. I may be tempted to get my away head on the way things are going...

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