Another match another win for the Saddlers, fresh from the 9-man triumph against Brighton, this time picking up 3 points at home to Carlisle. It takes Walsall up into the play-off places just 2 points off the leaders. Wyrley Saddler was there, and gave his thoughts via the message board:
Don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but I didn’t realy think we’d have a chance against Carlisle, a draw at best. But how I was proved wrong. The first half we completely dominated and looked very comfortable. Took the lead just before half time through a great header from Mattis. I think Mattis like the 44th minute, 2 weeks in a row now
After a dominant first half, the second was more even. Jabo deservedly got on the score sheet with a well taken goal. Carlisle attacked in the latter stages which was expected, but I thought we coped very well with the pressure.
Major talking points:
First penalty – I think it was. Clayton hesitated, then didn’t take the ball and caught the man. Great save to redeem his error.
Second penalty – From where I was I thought it was out the area, but I couldn’t realy see the lines. Plus I thought our player (can’t remember who it was) took the ball. The linesman on the WBBS stand side – he was crud, simple as. He seemed to have it in for us, and Jabo especially.
My man of the match was Alex Nicholls. Thought he was superb today, deserved a goal, and he was a threat to Carlisle most the game.