A poor performance from the Saddlers today in the capital, meaning I’m still yet to see them win this season. The decision to have another pint in the pub the other side of the A4 meant I missed the first 70 seconds – and accordingly, Paul Hall’s only useful contribution of the match, a cross that evaded everyone. Sadly for Walsall Brentford went straight up the other end and Andy Scott buried a header to make it 1-0.
Brentford didn’t look all that threatening going forward, but were quite solid throughout the match, meaning Walsall were crying out for some invention from somewhere. We did get back on level terms after 12 minutes, not that it was possible to see much from the away terraces, which are below pitch level bizarrely. Darren Byfield scored after a goal-mouth scramble.
17 minutes gone and real quality. Unfortuately from Brentford. Lad called Evans picked up the ball 25 yards out, nothing on for him, so he smacked in a shot, which crashed into the top corner, giving Carl Emberson no chance.
2-1 it remained, Walsall had lots of the ball, but there was very little to get excited about. Too many players were below par today, Brightwell’s distribution at times was diabolic, Hall as mentioned could have stayed at home, poor old Jorge was limping around all over the place, and Zigor and Tom kept shouting at each other.
The Saddlers drop to second, Reading taking over following a 4-3 win over basement club Oxford. And guess who we’ve got next week? The Royals, and the return to Bescot of Mr Adrian Viveash, who showed his excitement by scoring today. Unfortunately at the wrong end.
Memo to Paul Taylor: time to dig out that loan-signings book. It’s served us well in the last 3 seasons, perhaps we can unearth an attacking dynamo currently plying his trade in the Estonian second division.