Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Walsall 2 v Charlton Athletic 2

Ordinarily a decent away point. However, coming on the back of a couple of defeats and a drab home draw against Bury, it isn't quite good enough and conceding a goal in the last minute having just taken the lead for a second time feels like a loss.

For the opening half-hour we really took the game to the Saddlers and should have had more than Fosu's goal to show for it. Josh Magennis saw a header tipped onto a post and we were shooting at will. The problem was we let Walsall equalise before half-time and the second-half was poor as Walsall came more into it and levelled the play up a bit. Substitutes were coming and going before Ricky Holmes volleyed home after Solly's cross was cleared and fell for him with a minute or two left. The 263 travelling Addicts were probably still celebrating when Walsall's Agyei curled in a 30 yarder to piss on our chips. Fleetwood won 3-0 at Bradford tonight and will be chomping at the bit come Saturday.

One point from two games away after our recent sequence isn't promotion form (two points from twelve going to Fleetwood) so Karl will need all his powers of hyperbole to fire his troops to avoid a grim trek back from the Lancashire coast . We sit in seventh after ten games but Blackburn and Fleetwood are a point behind and have a game in hand against each other, so realistically we are eighth. I would have settled for that in August but we will do well to match our initial ten results so mid-table beckons come Christmas with all that, that will entail.

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