Archive for February, 2003

Stoke 1 Walsall 0

roger6 @ 11:52 pm Wednesday 26 February 2003

A very poor performance tonight by the Saddlers at Stoke City, losing to the side who were bottom of the league going into the game, and who had six goals put past them on Saturday. And yet it needed several class saves from Jimmy Walker to keep the difference to just one goal. To add insult to the shocking performance, Walsall became the only league side not to score at Stoke’s ground this season
It is now 14 games since Walsall last won away in the league, at Millwall in September – Colin Lee must get the lads together and produce five times as much effort if anything is going to be got from the weekend trip to Bradford.

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Walsall 2 Watford 0

roger6 @ 11:52 pm Saturday 22 February 2003

A valuable win over cup quarter finalists Watford today as Junior and Jorge grabbed the goals to keep the gap over relegation at seven points. After Aussie David Zdrilic had set up the first, for Junior to head in to an empty net, debutant Carl Robinson went close on several occasions – looking like a great signing.
Despite Watford pressure in the second half the Saddlers grabbed a breakaway goal from a Watford corner, Pedro Matias racing down the line before delivering a pinpoint cross for the Portugese wizard to head home.

Sheff Utd 2 Walsall 0

roger6 @ 11:52 pm Saturday 15 February 2003

Six attempts now to get the quarter finals of the FA Cup, and six failures, following our 2-0 defeat at Bramall Lane this afternoon. As many upthesaddlers regulars were heading the other way for the London stop the war march, over 3,000 Saddlers couldn’t inspire a Walsall team to come back from two down. Manager Colin Lee was sent to the stands, both Carbon and O’Connor had to come off at half time with injuries. So no quarter final windfall, just back to the realities of the relegation dog fight. The gap is down to 7 points…

Walsall 1 Leicester 4

roger6 @ 11:53 pm Sunday 09 February 2003

The biggest defeat of the season so far, after a first half which Walsall were desperately unlucky to go in trailing. Such is life against the high fliers – but the Sunday Times had a nice juxtaposition today – Walsall, heading for a 12th year of consecutive profit thanks to the Ricketts money – struggling in 20th – against Leicester, 50 million in debt, but seemingly heading back to the Premiership. Who says financially mismanaging your football club doesn’t pay?

Leitao Steals Points

roger6 @ 11:53 pm Saturday 01 February 2003

Jorge Leitao christened Bescot’s brand new pitch with the only goal of the game as the Saddlers rode their luck against basement club Brighton. The seasiders hit the bar three times during the game, but the result sees the gap between Walsall and the drop zone grow pleasingly wider.
Meanwhile ex Saddler Michael Ricketts finally completed his deadline day move to Middlesboro a few minutes before midnight, so we await news from the Bescot powers to be as to a) how much cash Walsall get from the sell-on fee, and b) whether it can be spent on new players – with Darren Huckerby a very optimistic target.

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