Well that was needed wasn’t it?
Following our recent performances and given we had not beaten Yeovil in the past eight attempts even the most optimistic Saddler would have been happy to come away from Somerset with a point….however we got all three!
Smith was obviously fed up of the past three performances and made a trio of changes with Downing, Baxendale and Flanagan all coming into the side albeit Bax replaced the injured Cook.
If there was ever a one sided game this was it, even though the scoreline didn’t suggest it and in typical Walsall fashion our ability to dominate a game and still cling on baffles most of us!
It was the hosts that came the closest to opening the scoring after three minutes when Ugwu flashed a shot across the face of the goal, just inches away from James Hayter.
This sparked the Saddlers into life and Hiwula, Baxendale and Sawyers all went close before Walsall were awarded a penalty. Hiwula raced through before emergency on loan keeper Loach brought him down. Bradshaw stepped up but his shot to Loach’s left was tame and keeper saved with ease.
Four minutes later Walsall were in front. Hiwula’s pace had caused Yeovil problems all night and he charged at them once more before firing a shot which squirmed under the body of Loach. The 149 Walsall fans that made the long trip down were happy!
Hiwula, Baxendale, Sawyers and Bradshaw all went close in the run up to half time as the Saddlers registered thirteen shots on goal to the hosts two.
Into the second half and Yeovil thought they had grabbed an equaliser when Ugwu put the ball into the net only to be ruled out for offside.
The home side had more chances in the second half but were excellently saved by Richard O’Donnell – none more so than his blank point save to deny Webster after a hour.
Yeovil were awarded a soft penalty when Purkiss brought down Grant however O’Donnell who has been invaluable this season guessed the right way and palmed Morgan’s spot kick away.
An eighteenth clean sheet in league and cup for Richard O’Donnell however this was probably one of the most important!