Not long into the second half it was Gall who tore down the Walsall right and pinged in a beautiful low cross to the far post that just needed a big toe to poke it goalwards’ but to no avail. Seconds later Gall had another go, this time from long range but Andy Oakes in goal parried to safety. Pablo Bastianini then conjured a chance from nothing, showing good close control he set himself up but his powerful shot from 20 yards flew just over the bar.
Yeovil were by now beginning to tick, Johnson in midfield began to run the show, and when he, Way, Jevons and Gall combined the pacey Welshman should have done better with his shot by at least making the keeper work rather than the ball boys!
Colin Miles at the back, whilst assured on the deck, seemed to be having a nightmare in the air. He misjudged the flight of the ball and conceded a corner which Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Steve nearly punished but his header went just over.
For all their possession and attacking flair, Yeovil needed to get back into the game quickly. The game looked like it was ebbing away, when just on cue the equaliser came, and a fine one it was too, Lee Johnson dinked a wonderful ball over the top into the path of Pablo, and it was his perfect lay off to Phil JEVONS that saw last season's top scorer bring the scores level. Jevons sometimes goes missing, but to see him back in the groove today, with his calm and deft touch was reassuring. It will be interesting to see - if he gets a decent run - how he links up with the Argentinian, who reminds me so much of Guy Whittingham!
Yeovil and the crowd were now on the boil. Sensing defeat Walsall resorted to niggly fouls and Husbands challenge on Davies was crude to say the least and he was fortunate to escape with a yellow card. Then Amankwaah was tugged back as he raced down the right to the byline, to his credit he stayed on his feet and he chipped the ball into the box where Kevin GALL, who moments earlier had the manager pulling his hair out with another miss, made up for all his mishaps with a wonderfully taken back header that put the Glovers ahead for the first time in the game. This could be Gally’s turning point, he turned down Carlisle, he was contemplating substitution, he was off key with his crosses, his finishing was none to special...and then he scored the winner. Super Kev, this is your nemesis, your turning point, raise your game and never look back…you are more than capable, believe in yourself like we believe in you, now is the time when you can do a Halifax…you are the prodigal son!
The next twenty minutes were always going to be tense, and so they were. Walsall, whilst not necessarily coming that close had a couple of good opportunities to score, none more so than when Michael Standing drew Chris Weale at his near post but only managed to miss the target by inches, Weale must have got something on the shot as a corner was awarded, although minutes earlier Johnson could have put the game beyond doubt with a pile driver of a free kick which Oakes could not hold. Johnson, fresh from his unsettling period after being linked with Swansea appears to be back to his searching best, and when he ticks, so do the rest!
With the two minutes of added time going on forever, eventually the Ref Paul Armstrong blew for time, and together Huish Park celebrated for the first time this season like days gone by…winning is a habit, so is losing…like Merse, lets hope we’ve turned the corner for good!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.4 / 10
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