Blackpool 2 Walsall 0

The fact that five of Walsall's last seven games are at home will not save them from relegation if they produce any more drab performances like this one.

Short on skill, desire and aggression, they were easily turned over by a side only one point ahead of them in the battle for survival yet looking far superior in most departments.

With one win from 14 matches, the Saddlers are heading for League Two unless there is a dramatic change of attitude. Last season, with four borrowed play-ers making a considerable impact, Walsall won their last five games and escaped relegation. The seven players on loan are nowhere near as effective.

Manager Kevan Broadhurst will need to have completed a major rebuilding job in the summer. He said: "We look a side that can get draws but whether we have that little bit extra to go on and win games is going to be the challenge.

"As a team we had no legs today. You can't have that if you are going to stay in this league. The performance lacked real heart and desire. We had no urgency about what we did and showed no fire in our bellies."

Walsall had 1,143 of their own fans at the unfinished Bloomfield Road stadium but long before the end at least half of them had departed. Their angry gestures on the way out left the players in no doubt as to what they thought of their performance. Broadhurst said: "Certainly today we did not give them value for money"

He exonerated the strikers, Steve Claridge and Paul Devlin, who had no support from a desperately poor midfield department. Simon Osborn, Pablo Mills and Mark Wright were anonymous and, hard as he tried, tiny skipper Dean Keates couldn't do it alone.

Keates had the only effort on target - a free kick which under-worked keeper Lee Jones could have kept out with a fly swatter.

Claridge, on loan from Bradford City, was making the 22nd debut of a long and colourful career a few days before his 40th birthday. If he has to appear in any more shows like this before the season's end he will feel ready to start drawing a pension.

Thanks to a bit of luck and poor finishing by Blackpool, Walsall reached half time still in the contest.

Five minutes after the re-start Gareth Williams strolled through a static defence to score. Eight minutes later a speculative shot by Keith Southern beat the diving Andy Oakes just inside his right-hand post.

That brought a slight response from the Saddlers, though a badly mishit shot by substitute Mads Timm -what a disappointment this Manchester United loanee is - drew a sarcastic burst of cheering from the remaining travelling fans.

Chris Westwood, not a success at right-back, said: "I think sometimes we fold too easy. There is not enough belief that we can come back and win a game."