Well, it took a while for the team to settle down, with the introduction of two new players, in the shape of Kevin Harper and Kevin Cooper, but, once it did, this became an emphatic win for the Saddlers.
For the first thirty minutes or so of this game, it was a stop/start kind of affair, with an over fussy referee not helping. Despite not managing to get any free flowing movement going however, Walsall were making the better opportunities.
Cooper, whose touches showed his class from the start, went close when the â€˜keeper just managed to get to a through ball before he did, then Cooper again cut inside from the left to fire just over with his â€œwrongâ€ foot.
Kevin Harper was the next to that bit of extra class, making just enough room out on the right to whip in a superb cross onto the head of Butler, who, unfortunately, just found the goalkeeper.
We were just starting to get into our stride at this point, only to be knocked out of it completely, when Dann slipped to let Oliver Allen in to fire home for his second goal in his second full appearance. His â€œhand to earâ€ celebration right in front of the home fans endeared him to no one, however, and his notoriety grew a few minutes later when he appeared to have a â€œdigâ€ at Ince as he saved at his feet.
Fans were a little worried about fragile confidence at this point, but neednâ€™t have been. Cooper and Harper switched wings for the second or third time in the half and Cooper whipped in a left foot cross from the right wing which was turned into his own net by Hendon. The half then finished with a low drive from Cooper, saved at the second attempt.
It seemed to me at half time that all we needed to do was give Harper and Cooper time on the ball to win this, but the second half became more than just that. Whatever Richard Money said to them worked as Dobson, especially, and Keates took complete control of the midfield.
First Dobson danced past a couple of challenges before firing just over, then Hector Sam was put in, only to fire just wide from a narrow angle.
With the Saddlers beginning to dominate, the lead wasnâ€™t long in coming. Cooper broke down the right to win a corner. It was cleared, but only for Barnet to concede a free kick and Keates whipped the ball in for Dobson to score with a lovely glancing header.
At this point, the tiring Hector Sam, who had had another very good game, was replaced by Wright, with Harper going up front.
Barnet tried to get forward now, but that proved to be their undoing. Ince made a catch from a cross and saw Harper in space. A deft underarm throw sent the winger speeding away. He then ran half the length of the pitch, before exchanging passes with Butler and touching the ball past Burch into the net. A quite exquisite goal.
Ince then decided to have his customary â€œsillyâ€ moment, dropping the ball from a cross, but the defence got their bodies back admirably.
A Keates free kick was then headed back across goal by Harper and Gerrard was unlucky not to score, before Cooper won another corner. Keates put this one to the back post and, when the ball was headed back across, there was Harper to lash it into the roof of the net.
Sinclair missed a decent headed chance for the visitors before, in injury time, Mark Wright went on a jinking run before curling his left foot shot narrowly wide.
This was far from being the perfect performance, as the defence looked a little shaky at times, but Dobson was superb in the second half as he and Keates benefited from having some options out wide. Butler and Sam always looked dangerous, but Cooper and Harper oozed class and looked far too good for this Division. I think we may be back on track.