Walsall picked up a hard-earned point in a goal less draw against Brentford at Griffin Park as they battled well and dug in hard to prevent defeat. It was good to see The Saddlers in such a determined mood against one of the better home teams in the division. Due to an injury crisis, manager Dean Smith gave 19 year old defender Ben George his debut and the youngster didn't let anyone down as he slotted in and blended with his co-defenders. Also returning in goal was Aaron McCarey on another loan spell from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Walsall forced two early corners which came to nothing but were at least showing early signs that they were going for it. As the half wore on, the home side started to get a grip on the game. Such was the pressure that Andy Taylor sliced a ball against his own post but thankfully it came back in to play and was cleared. Febian Brandy was booked for diving yet amazingly on three other occassions when the Brentford players followed suite no yellows were issued. The second half was much the same, with The Bees generally on top but whatever was thrown at them the solid Walsall defence just swallowed it up.
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