Walsall's version of The Great Escape is back on following the narrow 1-0 home victory over Dagenham And Redbridge. Walsall created so many chances , especially in the first half that they could have won by a far greater margin had it not been for the visitors stout defending and Walsall's ability not to kill teams off.
Making all the running throughout the game on a heavy pitch, Saddlers always looked to be creative and purposeful throughout the game with some great build up play which was a pleasure to see.With just ten minutes on the clock we had the first chance and miss of the match when Matt Gill released Jon Macken who provided a worthwhile shot which went just past the post.
Macken wasted another chance soon after and so did Matt Richards. Thereafter players were queuing to take a pot at goal. Macken again missed a great chance and even defender Darryl Westlake managed to fire over from seven yards out. Then came an inspired substitution from manager Dean Smith who brought on 19 year-old Will Grigg. Within a few minutes he gave the fans what they wanted.. ie agoal at last! Macken held the ball up superbly and fed Grigg who kept his nerve.
The entire team looked up for this game and got the win they deserved which lifted them into 22nd in the table. So for now, at least, there is real hope that Saddlers can climb to safety.