Swindon Town 1 Walsall 0
Paul Merson last night said he feared his time at the Bescot Stadium was coming to an end after Walsall crashed to yet another defeat at lowly Swindon.
The player-manager urged the Saddlers' supporters to blame him and not the players after Jamie Cureton's stunning first-half strike extended his side's winless away run to nine matches.
When asked whether he would still be in charge today, Merson said: "We will have to wait and see."
Merson, whose side have won only one of their last eight league and cup games, said: "It's OK if the fans blame me, as long as they do not turn on the players.
"We are a young squad and it's difficult because the fans are going mental but, at the same time, we are trying to win games and sometimes we have to win ugly.
"I thought it was quite comfortable in the first half when we had a couple of shots but we struggled in the final third.
"This is it now, in terms of personnel. The gates have been down and the club is in trouble, so I don't think I have got a big kitty to spend money on players. We are in a dog-fight and we need to work hard to get out of it."
Swindon winger Ricky Shakes tore into Walsall's defence in a one-sided opening half-hour.
In the tenth minute, Shakes set free full-back Jack Smith along the right and his cross was met by the unmarked Cureton, who somehow headed wide from six yards.
Then, Saddlers goalkeeper Michael Oakes made a superb fingertip save to turn Lee Peacock's downward header around the post after Shakes had crossed.
Walsall defender Danny Fox almost scored against the run of play on 37 minutes when his 35-yard free-kick was tipped over by Rhys Evans after Kevin James had been bundled over by Andy Gurney.
The Saddlers trailed on 43 minutes, however, when Cureton scored a glorious goal. Captain Chris Westwood failed to cut out Sean O'Hanlon's lofted through ball and Cureton shrugged off the centre-back's challenge before smashing an unstoppable right-foot volley into the top left-hand corner.
Walsall almost levelled in bizarre fashion on 49 minutes when Alan Wright wriggled free on the right-hand byline before hitting the bar with Evans beaten. Oakes denied Cureton in the 56th minute before Smith found the busy frontman with a long ball over the top. Cureton's sweetly-struck volley sent Oakes flying to his right to keep the ball out.
Merson changed to 4-3-3 midway through the second half, bringing on James Con-stable for Wright, but the move did not bring results.