Walsall travelled to much-fancied Brentford this Saturday, and returned with an unfancied point! Again, our message board fans, supporters and commenters have pointed out that the problem we have is creativity. On the whole, the team isn’t that bad, but, please (club!) can we find that personality in the middle of the field that will galvanise the rest? Two weeks till the window closes, but doubt we’ll move right now. Not yet desperate enough.
UTS regular Addis was at the match, so here’s his take on the game and the day:
It was Jimmy’s day today, and rightly so (great to see the team wearing Wacka 530 T-shirts when warming up and to see JW chatting to the fans at the end) but it was Andy Butler’s 90 minutes. A superb defensive performance, throwing himself in the way of any player or shot that looked dangerous. Praise to Manny Smith too – they are an impressive pairing at the moment. In fact the whole back 4 look solid.
Good first half performance and we should have been ahead at the break. Brentford were pretty disappointing for a side who have been challenging for the play-offs, it must be said. But, and this is the story of our season, we created very little. Best chance fell to Macken just before h/t, a good save from their keeper (his first appearance of the season I think) but from 6 yards out he should have scored.
Bees came into it more after the break – after we had had a promising 10 minutes though – and had a spell of pressure which resulted in a succession of corners. That was the only time we looked a bit rocky but they didn’t capitalise and we finished the game pretty strongly. As has been noticed, Nicholls was played in down the left and rather snatched at his shot, which skimmed past the right hand post.
Before the game I’d have taken a draw, but we need to find a few wins and soon. I don’t think we are currently playing like a relegation side. Apart from the back four, Paterson looked sharp (and when he learns the art of distribution will be some player) and Taundry seems to have found an extra gear recently. Chambers didn’t contribute much in my opinion. I’d take a point at Carlisle too and in normal circumstances these away draws would be fine, but our inability to win at home is keeping us down with the strugglers.
A Brentford fan on the train thought I was a home fan. “That was a waste of 90 minutes” he said. I don’t think it was from our point of view, plenty of promising signs to take away. And as has been said, so fitting that Jimmy didn’t concede today.