Author: David Evans
Walsall's fine early season form continued at Portsmouth with a fine 2-1 win at Fratton Park against a club in financial trouble but last Saturday the home sides troubles were all about not being able to cope with Walsall's young team who really played with no fear against a noisy 13,000 plus home support. Both teams got off to periods of lively play with each creating worthwhile chances early doors.Walsall were cashing in on some stray passing by the home side's shaky defence. It was something of a surprise that the teams went in at 0-0 at half time as there were several good chances which went begging.
Walsall started the second half very confidently and tore Pompey to shreads at times.It seemed only a small matter of time before Saddlers would score and sure enough it came in the 56h minute. Livewire Ashley Hemmings robbed Mustapha Dumbuya near the halfway line to set up the goal which was wonderfully put away by James Baxendale who hit a terrific 35 yard shot which flew into the top corner.There were protests from Portsmouth that Hemmings had fouled but the goal was allowed to stand. Just seven minutes later Walsall doubled their lead with another fine shot-this time by Flo Cuvelier who sweetly struck from outside the box. All was going amazingly well but Pompey striker Izzy Mc Leod scored for Pompey following a corner that was really a goal kick. The home crowd were lifted but if anything Walsall upped their game and it was a pleasure to watch and when Jamie Patterson struck a beauty from 35 yards which hit the bar you felt Walsall could go on and score a few more. This excellent win leaves Walsall in 5th place in League One and going into every game with confidence
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