Former Glovers transfer target Mads Timm replaced Mark Wright at half time. Grant Smith landed in the book for a foul early on and found himself
being replaced by Chris Westwood as Walsall struggled to gain a foothold in the second period. The home side's frustration with their side
began to reach fever pitch when a sloppy throw-out by keeper Andy Oakes saw Chris Cohen intercept off the Walsall right-back and cut inside,
putting a lovely ball across the six yard line that Matt Harrold was inches away from getting on the end of.
Oakes redeemed himself with a superb save when a Chris Cohen corner was headed towards goal by Scott Guyett, fell lose to Arron Davies, who
stabbed his shot at goal only to find the Walsall goal getting his body in the way. A second attempt from Davies was blocked and by now
it looked more likely that the game would reach 3-0 than find Walsall getting back into the game.
Kevin James did prove there was some life in the Walsall front line as he got in front of Adam Lockwood for a left wing cross down at the other
end, but his attempt to hit the target was woeful and the header went well wide.
At the Walsall end though, Yeovil were beginning to run their opponents ragged. Matt Harrold, suddenly with his tail up after his goal, skipped
through the Walsall defence, riding several tackles before the ball broke loose to Arron Davies on the corner of the penalty area, who curled a shot just
beyond Andy Oakes's far post.
Davies got himself into another great position moments later when he beat Walsall's offside trap by latching onto a bouncing ball.
Allowing it to bounce once he lobbed the advancing Oakes but a deserved third goal just wouldn't come for the Glovers. Next Chris Cohen, Arron Davies
and Nathan Jones interchanged passes out on the left flank with Walsall unable to get a tackle in on the trio before Jones broke away and shot across
the angle of the goal. The home crowd vented their fury at the ease at which the Glovers had breezed through the static Walsall defence, and by this
point - still midway through the second half - it was clear that many had had enough and were beginning to stream out of the Bescot Stadium.
The poor tannoy announcer had a job on his hands when attempting to announce that the club's Man of the Match text-voting lines were open,
barely getting his first few words out of his mouth before he was drowned out by the howls of disgust in what was by now a horrible atmosphere
for the home side to play in. The PA man tried again a few seconds later with the same end result, with it doubtful that anyone genuinely
heard what he had to say.
The abuse continued with this time keeper Andy Oakes the target as he completely miscued a backpass clearance out into the path of Arron Davies.
Defender Anthony Gerrard rescued the keeper's blushes but the vivid crowd responded with 'What A Load Of Rubbish'. Whilst Yeovil's passing game in
the second half was part of Walsall's downfall, the dreadful defending and long-ball football was showing now a shadow of the side that had
dumped Yeovil out of the FA Cup in December.
Chris Cohen and Nathan Jones teamed up in the dying minutes to nearly produce a third goal. Cohen's corner was blocked by a defender, but
Nathan Jones won the loose ball, fed Cohen again, whose cross was met by Terry Skiverton who saw his shot cleared off the line by Anthony Gerrard,
rescuing his side for the second time in five minutes.
As the stadium emptied in their hundreds, Arron Davies once again took advantage of dreadful defending from Ian Roper again, as his weak
back-header was intercepted by the Yeovil striker, flicking on his own header just wide of the target. The crowd just gave up their attempts to
voice their frustration and used their feet instead. Worse was to come for the home side though. A daft tackle from behind on Matt Harrold by
Ishmel Demontagnac, who had been walking a tightrope all through the game on a yellow card, saw the inevitable happen and Walsall were down to
ten men. From that free kick, Paul Terry and Chris Cohen combined well near the corner flag with Cohen feeding Terry into space, and his subsequent
run and shot again forcing Oakes to deny Yeovil a late goal.
A magnificent win for the Glovers though, and one that they deserved to have in the bag by a far higher margin. A deserved mention to the 250
travelling supporters on the night, who were utterly outstanding in their support for the team - both whilst the score was 0-0 and thereafter
throughout the game. Even from the opposite side of the ground, the cries of "Stevie Thompson's Green and White Army" could be heard loud and clear.
Walsall were dire to say the least, and represent a stark warning that changing your manager does not necessarily cure the underlying ills in a club,
but you can only beat what you get put out there against you, and the Glovers did that superbly and came home with not only three priceless
points, but renewed optimism for the remaining fixtures.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 8.1 / 10
19 votes received.
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