Good Performance V. Charlton
12th December 2011
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Walsall got off to a bright start against top of the table Charlton at the Banks's Stadium with young livewire Jamie Patterson getting into a good position as early as the first minute but the player shot just wide. However Charlton's hitman Bradley Wright-Phillips let the Saddlers defence know he was around moments later. Walsall were indebted to Jimmy Walker on the half hour when he made a terricic save to deny Yann Kermorgant.

Four minutes later Walsall took the lead following Mat Saddler's long range shot which was touched on by Ollie Lancashire for Jon Macken to tap in from close range.As ever The Saddlers didn't hold onto the lead for long and the visitors were back on level terms in the 41st minute. through Kermorgant's superb header that gave Walker no chance.

Although there were no further goals in the game there was plenty of good football to admire and Walsall put in a good performance against a side who will surely be champions at the end of the season. If only Darel Russell hadn't have been on the line to head away from Sadler Walsall would have won the game. Sadler was later sent off for two yellow cards and Charlton hit a post in time added on. But a well earned point against a team who were expected to win.

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