In the depths of despair comes a ray of light and magnificent triumph. Today the Saddlers shocked the football world by hitting six at Bescot to climb off the bottom. So many fans are on the message board it is struggling to cope with the demand, but one who was there today and did manage to post and give his view on the action was Kshammer:
Absolutely brilliant today and can’t praise the lads and the management team enough. I’m forgetting all the JB/relegation etc etc and enjoying this for what it was and that was our best performance for a very long time. Smith has had an impact – no doubt – and if nothing else it looks like they will fight and try to play, at the very least, from now until May. With the chances we had (particularly Price early on, Gray going through late on and passing for Macken plus the one that somehow spun over), it could have been 7 or 8. Also must mention the fans. A good sing song and a bit of positivity and I think the club should try and whip a bit of that atmosphere up by playing on the whole ‘great escape’ idea.
Bevan – The one weak link for me. I really don’t think he’s any better than Brain.
Westlake – Made a couple of poor defensive decisions (nothing that can’t be ironed out as he gets older) but did ok, particularly when going forward.
Lescott – Did ok, not bad.
Butler – MOM and led by example. He’s got his weaknesses but noone can question his desire and he headed and tackled everything today and fully deserved his goal(s?). He was just what we needed and will thrive under Smith.
Lancashire – Did well, similar to Butler and was steady enough.
Nicholls – Grew into the game and once we were ahead looked dangerous. If he plays with confidence he could be a player but doesn’t do it enough.
Gray – Played well and got into good positions and caused Rovers problems. Fantastic finish for his goal and actually put a shift in with his closing down.
Richards – Looked lively and as usual, anything good we did involved him. Good finish for his goal and surely now everyone realises how important he can be to us.
Gill – Another who grew as the game went on. Finished well for his goal and was impressive with his work rate and passing.
Macken – I’m not his biggest fan but he put a real shift in today and got about their defenders. Lovely flick for Gills goal and showed real quality at times.
Price – Hope the goal will go to him as he deserved it. Messed one early chance up but didn’t let it get to him. Led the line brilliantly, strong, backed in and tried to do the right thing each time he had the ball. i was really impressed with him.