Walsall FC are in grave danger of having a bad season following the poor defeat at home to Colchester last Saturday, their third defeat in eight days and there are a few rumblings by the supporters of if manager Chris Hutchings really is the man for manager of Walsall after all. I personally think he is doing a fairly good job given the financial constraints he , like any other team manager, have to face in that job.
Saddlers seem to have this complex about playing at home. There was a time when we would 'murder' teams who visited the Banks's Stadium, especially when kicking towards 'our end'. Sadly this has gone and the games just seem to go into one. For the Colchester game Chris Hutchings had selection problems with players out injured, suspended and on international duty but there were enough players out there to have put on a better show.
The first half was simply awful and from a Walsall fan's view things only livened up when Darren Byfield entered the play as a substitute for the last 20 minutes or so. He looked full of life and pace following his spell on the sidelines. The winning goal, scored by Andy Bond, came on 83 minutes and it was clear that Walsall were never going to score. There is a long way to go, of course, but 6 points from five games is not the return for any sort of promotion or play off push.