Reserves v. Derby County - 9/2/11

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Reserves v. Derby County - 9/2/11

Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:45 pm

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Walsall 0 2 Derby County

Walsall (4-4-2)
David Bevan (Jonny Brain, 45 min.)

Aaron Forde
Manny Smith (Capt.) (Tom Hayes, 55 min.)
Clayton McDonald
Malvind Benning

Will Mellors-Blair
Sean Geddes
Paul Marshall
Jake Jones (Jack Cresswell, 61 min.)

Jamie Paterson
George Bowerman

Unused substitutes:-
Joey Butlin
Connor Deards

Manager:-
Jon Whitney

Goal Log:-
22 min. - 0-1 - Derby skipper, Ben Pringle (don't you just love his snacks, if not his knitwear?) looped the ball over a crowded penalty area into the top corner of the net. Untidy defending by the Saddlers.
71 min. - 0-2 - good build-up play saw the visitors slice through the home defence with relative ease and put Michael Boulding clear to slide the ball past Brain.

Presumably, this match now completes the Reserves' home matches and, sad to say, it was not an impressive performance on which to bow out. Derby were worthy winners while the young Saddlers were very disappointing. Just what has happened to Clayton McDonald, for example? He looked all at sea when Smith went off and his distribution was more in keeping with a Sunday morning pub team - big, aimless hoof.

Several might have thought to be knocking on the first team door (Bevan, Brain, McDonald, Smith, Geddes, Marshall and Paterson) but none really caught the eye. The current shirt-holders in the first team can sleep easy tonight.

Jon Whitney's take on the game:-
http://www.saddlers.co.uk/page/News/0,, ... 16,00.html

Andy Poole's report:-
http://www.saddlers.co.uk/page/News/0,, ... 77,00.html

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