Fantastic Boxing Day Comeback!
28th December 2011
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Walsall staged a fantastic comeback against Sheffield Wednesday at the Banks's Stadium on Boxing Day late in the game to win the game 2-1 in time added on to send the Saddlers fans home happy but it was a bitter pill for the travelling Owls fans to swallow. Last game they had to settle for a point against Huddersfield after being 4-2 up and the team in second place saw a 59th minute lead at Walsall slip for them to go home pointless.

From the off Walsall were not intimidated by their visitors and settled into getting stuck in and competing well with Wednesday, who had gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions leading up to this game. There was hardly a shot on target for either side in the first half as defences were on top.

Ben Marshall had a good chance for Wednesday early in the second half whilst Walsall's youngster Jamie Patterson rattled the bar with a stunning shot However Wednesday took the lead just after through Ryan Lowe who headed home a perfect cross from Chris Lines who had beaten two men.

However with time running out substitute Claude Gnapka had a deflected shot which beat the keeper and the Saddlers fans celebrated thinking their heroes had clawed back a draw. Four minutes into time added on, Mat Saddler's free kick beat the centre backs and there was Manny Smith on the corner of the six yard box to strike home. Walsall are now out of the drop zone with everything to play for.

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