Win Over Chesterfield Eases Relegation Fears
8th April 2012
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Walsall came from behind against Chesterfield to win 3-2 on home soil to give their survival hopes a real boost. The Good Friday results elsewhere went their way with Leyton Orient losing and Wycombe only drawing so the players knew a win against Chesterfield would at least see the team climb above Orient. With Bury losing on Saturday Walsall overtook them too so a massive confidence boost to be in 18th position at this stage. Chesterfield were rock bottom in the table but they started the game better despite Walsall's Sam Mantom hitting a low drive in the third minute which went just wide, they forced a couple of good saves from David Grof in the Saddlers goal with efforts from Jordan Bowery.

Our visitors did take the lead in the 20th minute, however, thanks to a header from Franck Moussa. However just seven minutes later Walsall were back on level terms when Jon Macken fed Emmanual Ledesma who struck a fine left foot shot which found the net. On 33 minutes Walsall took the lead through that man Ledesma again with a similar low shot after Alex Nicholls and Florent Cuvelier had exchanged passes.

So half time and it was hoped Walsall would score the next goal but Chesterfield had other ideas on 54 minutes with Mark Randall putting the visitors back on level terms. Hard working Walsall were not to be denied a priceless win as Sam Mantom hit the winner thanks to some good work from Nevan Hurst. The were a few close shaves as Chesterfield looked to upset things but Walsall held firm and duly won 3-2.

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