First win of the season for the Saddlers and we are off the bottom. Gary Ellison Saddler was there – and this is his report reprinted from the message board.
It was our worst league performance of the season apart from Gillingham and we managed to score twice and play some football, Jockney was right when he said the worst team lost as Millwall stank. Their goal came from a right (our left) sided cross. Me and others around me believe DD took Ish off because he wasnt tracking back although he did take a knock 5 minutes before it. Roper could be out for the Oldham game as he had to be helped from the pitch by Whitney.
I read the 4-5-1 thread before I posted this and whichever one of you said Wrack wouldnt come near it, im very glad youre not in a position to affect team choice as he was our best midfielder today, he ran with the ball and really wanted to work well with Sonko, when these two have an understanding it should be fun to watch with Sonko doing some intelligent running. If anyone should worry its Sonner as he was total gash today and as usual his set pieces were powder puff.
Heres some player reviews then pop pickers:
Ince – I know he was in the sun for both halves but he worries me more this season where I had only slight doubts last season, kicking is still awful but throwing and catching is still there for the big lad. Added to this though he did make 2 good reflex saves
Boertinen – Solid but still doesnt like to cross in the air, something to be ironed out in training as he does overlap more than our former leftback/winger combo
Weston – Read Boertinen except he just needs to learn how to cross.
Roper – Taken off due to getting his head stuck in, fought hard for the ball and made a great tackle to deny a ‘wall goal.
Jean-Claude Van Dann – Solid but performance wise in Roper’s shadow, its going to take time for him to adjust to this level but hes coping well
Sonner – Sinner more like, weak in the tackle and slack with posession. Hope he improves for the Oldham game or that Dobbo is back because if that performance turns into form, hes in trouble.
Gerrard – Played well, distribution wasnt great but then he is a centreback by trade, broke up a good portion of Millwall play. Moved back to cover Roper’s injury and performed ably with Dann. Saw him in KFC later on aswell, glad he likes the Colonel.
Wrack – Passed well, tracked back and looked for posession saving passes rather than killer balls. Ran with the ball Shocked and didnt look worse for moving into centre midfield after Roper’s injury. As said further up if he can gel with Sonko while hes in the centre it should get better and better.
Fox – Get ready with the print button kids… FOX IS HAVING A DECENT SEASON SO FAR well taken goal “he could hardly miss” said the Millwall fan, I disagree, he took his goal with an overhead kick or I was dreaming. Plays well with Boertinen and is very comfortable with him overlapping, its starting to come good for Mr Fodder I think.
Butler – Harried and hustled but couldnt get the balls into positions to get a final product, looked decent but the boy needs goals.
Hall – I dont mind him up top but the ball just cant stick to him a la Carniero. He can turn his man and out pace him but this doesnt happen often enough, needs to be ironed out by playing the ball to his feet rather than lofting them up, loft the to Mooney and Butler FFS! Carniero and Hall need it to feet.