Walsall got off to the start they wanted with a fine 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday to give manager Dean Smith three points on the board. Four new players made their full debuts and the whole team looked ats if they had played together for sometime. Walsall showed a lot of character, pride, determination and skill in their performance and what a far cry from last season's disappointing curtain-raiser
The all-important winner came from one of the men making their debut, Adam Chambers, who scored against the club who hasd suprisingly let go this summer. His unstopable strike from 30 yards brought the house down in the 21st minute and Saddlers never looked back.
Jimmy Walker made two fine saves to stop the visitors from spoiling the day but in truth there was only one side going to win this one. There was a look of contentment on coach Chris Nichol's face at the end. The big former Aston Villa centre back and succesful former Walsall boss loves his one nil victories and hopefully there will be many more during the course of the season.
Richard Taundry was most people's man of the match and he along with Chambers looked so comfortable in the midfield and the back four looked really good. 45 more games to go and very early days but this Walsall team could do well this season.