Walsall travelled to Griffin Park, Brentford, a place that has so been a graveyard for them in the past, hoping to get something out of what was always going to be a hard game. There had been talk in the build up all week to what impact there would be by Will Grigg, the striker Saddlers sold' to Brentford, but are still waiting for the outcome of the fee, to be set by a tribunal, soon. As it happened the player was apparently 'injured' with a hamstring so didn't have to face the anger of the assembled Saddlers fans-that is until he appeared in the tunnel for the last few minutes and then the Walsall fans really ripped into him.
Walsall made one change from their last match- Milan Lalkovic returned from injury at the expense of the unfortunate Romaine Sawyers who was relegated back to the bench. There was a blow for Brentford in the first few minutes as Conor McAleny was stretchered off after a colision with Adam Chambers. As expected, the home side piled on the pressure. Striker Clayton Donaldson wanted a penalty as he 'fell over' in the box. Thankfully the refereee wasn't having any of it. Walsall got their passing game going, albiet only in flashes but were not creating all that much. Brentford got their reward a few minutes before half time when Mc Donald had a easy headed chance which he burried following a cross from Logan.
After the interval Craig Westcarr had a great chance to draw Saddlers level but he forced a good save from home keeper Button. Then Bees sub El Alagui rounded Saddlers keeper Richard O'Donnell only for Andy Butler to block. O'Donnell also pulled off a smart save from danger man Donaldson. Saddlers hopes were raised when Sawyers was introduced as substitute. Meanwhile Westcarr had another chance with a near post header but Button was alert. So the game ended in a defeat for Walsall who now travel to Stoke for their next game in the Capital One Cup.
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