Walsall FC's yo-yo season continued at the Banks's Stadium on Tuesday with a well below par performance against Yeovil Town. Following two successive victories against Leeds and Brentford hopes were high for a third win in a row against the Glovers whom Saddlers had comfortably beaten at their place 3-1 in December.
There had been a bit of a snow storm for a couple of hours leading up to the game and the playing conditions were not the best. The pitch, as previously mentioned, is not good but it was the same for both sides.
Yeovil scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when goalkeeper Clayton Ince fumbled and striker Sam Williams,who spent a loan spell at Walsall last season from Aston Villa, slotted home. Walsall were so inept all game. Manager Chris Hutchings in the press afterwards called for patience from the Walsall fans but judging from the attendance of just 2,929-the lowest in a league game on home soil for 13 years- their patience is starting to run out.
Sat in the freezing cold watching players under-perform (just one shot on target in the whole game) with a distinct lack of atmosphere doesn't exactly inspire the faithful fans.
In fairness there were a few players out injured and the subs bench was limited but the visitors seemed to want it more. The second half saw Walsall at least produce a couple of half chances but they never looked like finding the net. Saddlers are still 9th in the table and there is the prospect of a new stadium for the travelling supporters to visit with the impressive looking St Mary's stadium at Southampton on Saturday. It will be a tough match for Walsall but they do seem to rise to the occassion against the better teams.Let's hope so.