A review of April’s results.
Bradford City 1-0 Walsall
The month started with a narrow defeat to play-off chasing Bradford City. In all fairness the Saddlers never really threatened to win the game but Andreas Makris did come close in the first half to opening his Walsall account. Mitch Candlin also made his debut in a game that was decided by a Billy Clarke goal.
Walsall 1-1 Oxford United
The day finally came for Andreas Makris as he scored his first Walsall goal against Michael Appleton’s U’s. However, Chris Maguire’s long range deflected strike meant the points were shared on a sunny afternoon st the Banks’s.
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Walsall
A local derby where Shrewsbury desperately needed points to stave off the threat of relegation. The Saddlers started the first half brightly and took the lead through a Kieron Morris header, but as has been the case so often this season, Whitney’s men faded badly in the second half and Stefan Payne equalised for the hosts.
Walsall 1-0 Swindon Town
The Saddlers hosted another relegation threatened team on Easter Monday as Swindon came to town. This one was a pretty drab affair decided in the 86th minute as Joe Edwards fired home from close range.
Coventry City 1-0 Walsall
Already relegated Coventry City ensured that Walsall would go into the 2017/18 season without a win on the road in 2017. George Thomas’ strike was the difference as the Saddlers put in another inept performance.
Walsall 0-1 Port Vale
The Valiants travelled to the Banks’s knowing that a win would keep their faint hopes of survival alive going into the final round of fixtures. The home fans finally turned on Whitney as Chris Eagles fired home the winner on 84 minutes.
Walsall 1-4 MK Dons
The final fixture of the season brought another shocking performance as the Dons cruised to a victory against a frankly embarrassing Saddlers side. Goals from Muirhead, Reeves, O’Keefe and Barnes ensured more jeers for Whitney and an uncertain future as we head into the crucial summer months.