So Close And So Proud
22nd March 2012
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Walsall came within just a few seconds of a terrific win at Hillsborough on Tuesday night against third placed Sheffield Wednesday, twice taking the lead only to be denied well into time added on when the home side squared the game up at 2-2 with almost the last kick of the game.Those of us who were at the game were dead proud of the performance, especially the second half when Walsall were playing football and causing a few problems for the team with the best home record.

Wednesday showed right from the off that they were in a determined mood and took the game to Walsall. Twice in the first half on-loan winger Michail Antonio rattled the bar as brave Walsall rode their luck and absorbed all that The Owls threw at them. The half time whistle was welcome as if Saddlers had fallen behind in that first period it could have been a different story.

13 minutes into the second half Walsall silenced the home fans with a quality worked goal. Mat Sadler found Flo Cuvelier and his superb pass set up a clinical finish for Jon Macken. Within 90 seconds however Wednesday drew level when Lowe was allowed the freedom to fire home.

Far from downhearted Walsall's Jamie Patterson found some room in the box, beat him man and fired home a superb angled shot to send the Walsall fans wild behind that goal and again silence the 18,000 plus home crowd. Walsall defended so well and as time added on came along were under the cosh. The 4 minutes added came and went but 90 seconds later Gary Madine broke Walsall's hearts with almost the last kick of the game. A cruel way to end what had been a terrific night.

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