The Saddlers continued their unbeaten start to pre-season with an eyebrow raising win against what was, on paper at least, a strong Leeds United side.
We took the lead early on when Craig Westcarr made it four goals in his last three games to drill home after 11 minutes.
It proved to be the only goal of what was in truth an entertaining game, with both sides feeling they should have scored more. Leeds were no pushovers and forced a number of very good saves from new Saddlers keeper Richard O`Donnell, the pick of which was when he produced a stunning stop to push a fierce drive on to the bar. It ensured back to back clean sheets for a side which used 22 players over the course of the match, including a late cameo from Liam Roberts, who also had time to produce a smart stop or two.
The fact we finished the game with a completely different team on the pitch to the one that started it can only bode well for the strength in-depth of the squad going into the season. At no point did the changes disrupt our flow of the game, and we attacked with purpose and passed the ball crisply throughout on a surface which is a million times better than what we ended up with at the back end of last season.
Full Time – Walsall 1-0 Leeds United
Next up is Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and the return of Jamie Paterson, who is sure to be given a rousing reception from the Banks`s faithful.
Today`s result is bound to give both players and supporters a massive confidence boost going forward, but we must be careful not to allow it to turn into legitimate expectation. We`re still on 0 points the same as everyone else, and it`s important at this point that we all just keep our feet on the ground.
That said, we`ve won and kept a clean sheet against a team so good they didn`t even feel the need to sign Will Grigg or Fabian Brandy (who??) .
I think a celebratory drink is in order, see you all Tuesday.