Two-Nil, To The Referee
21st February 2011
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Walsall lost 0-2 at Colchester thanks to two decisions by the officials which upset both the players and fans alike. The Saddlers could have been down by the third minute. After two minutes Colchester's lively David Mooney was denied by a fine save from Jimmy Walker, who had a previous spell with The 'U's whilst at West Ham. Then a minute later Oliver Lancashire almost scored an own goal when he headed against his own bar. Thankfully this was scrambled away.

Walsall were playing some good football going forward in the first 30 minutes but looked shakey at the back. Aaron Lescott became the next player to almost put the ball in his own net when he sliced a clearance just wide of his own post.

Colchester took the lead thanks to a result of a corner they never should have had. The dopey linesman failed to spot a blatent offside as the home side swept forward. From the corner that ensued David Perkins smashed home through a ruck of players on 17 minutes. By half time all Walsall's attacking play had all but dried up.

A most controversial penalty was awarded to the home side in the 58th minute. The referee waved play on when Lescott put in a challenge in the box but the linesman was flagging away and after a consultation the spot kick was awarded. Walker had no chance from Mooney's excellent strike.

Walsall huffed and puffed but there was no way back.


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