At last Walsall produced a performance on Saturday against Carlisle that we know they are capable of. The 2-1 victory was so hard fought and was vital to close the gap on the other tams at the foot of the table and it gave everyone a lift. Of course Walsall wouldn't be Walsall without conceding a goal first. It was a somewhat unfortunate goal too. Francios Zoke found Frank Simek and when his attempt was blocked Mike Grella smashed in the rebound to send the 800 or so Carlisle fans wild with delight
Walsall fought back well however and when John Macken was fouled Matt Richards delivered a stunning free kick from 25 yards which had curl on it to get Saddlers back into the game. In the 53rd minute Richards struck again. This time it was a training ground move which was excellently executed and was a joy to watch.
Walsall's defence was excellently marshalled by Andy Butler who led the back four superbly encouraging partner Oliver Lancashire. Jimmy Walker made a couple of vital saves and there's no doubt that he has given his team a boost since his return.
The sense of relief and joy at the sound of the final whistle was understandable. This was only Walsall's fourth victory of the season in League One and the team need to build on this now. There are some tough games coming up in the weeks ahead including Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham and Southampton. At least though now there is a bit of belief in the camp.