Archive for January 21st, 2006

Chesterfield vs Walsall

neilr @ 2:48 pm Saturday 21 January 2006

It was another disappointing result on the road yesterday, although the improvement in performance was maintained.

The Saddlers always had the edge in the encounter, producing some scintillating attacking play, especially via Timm and James.

Timm opened the scoring, tapping in from close range for his first goal in senior British football, after some great work down the right from James.

Chesterfield equalised shortly afterwards, with a Wayne Allison header, from a left wing cross, something that was to trouble us all afternoon, as Pead, rather than the out of position Wright, struggled. Allison was completely unmarked, however, for a cross he had to stoop to (as the ITV pictures clearly showed). Despite comments on the message boards, there was nothing wrong with the goal, other than rank bad defending.

Smith opened his account for the club to put the Saddlers ahead again, taking a pass from the impressive Timm, before holding off a defender to slot home.

Chesterfield got their second equaliser late on, for their 10th draw in the last 11 games, when some more terrible defending from Walsall left a player in the box in oceans of space on the right, to cross for Kevan Hurst, also alone in acres of space, to score.

Despite carving out plenty of chances (and missing them), the Saddlers were also indebted to Murphy for a superb late double save.

Attacking wise, this was excellent, despite losing debutante Devlin to injury early on, but replacing him with Standing, rather than a striker may have been an error.

Defensively we looked good, but, in the end, we lost two points by means of letting in two very bad goals. On top of conceeding two equally bad goals against Colchester, even with the improvement up front, our fortunes will not improve while this is the case.

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