Walsall 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0
After his team continued their promotion drive with an impressive win over Wycombe, Walsall manager Richard Money insisted that he wanted to continue the success story by beating Swansea City in tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash at Bescot. It's an important competition for the Saddlers who will be seeking revenge for a southern area semi-final defeat by the Welsh team last season. The match could give the manager a chance to rest top-scorer Martin Butler and play Tony Bedeau up front alongside Hector Sam, and perhaps give Darren Wrack his first taste of first team football for over a year since breaking his leg.
Whatever happens, the Saddlers can look forward to next Saturday's game at Accrington as outright leaders of League Two, having beaten a good Wycombe side who were one place behind them.
The statistics are impressive, too. Just one defeat so far and Walsall have now gone seven home league wins on the bounce without conceding a goal in front of their own fans this season.
No wonder they pulled in their biggest crowd so far, and if anyone doubts where most of the credit lies they should examine the new manager's performance. Four of the players he recruited in the summer were in the starting line-up, and once again he demonstrated his tactical skills with an early substitution in the second half.
The visitors were building up a head of steam and threatening to cancel out the Saddlers' first half goal when Money took off the impressive left-back Kris Taylor and replaced him with veteran midfielder Mark Kinsella. To some it may have seemed a strange decision, but just seven minutes after going on Kinsella took a pass from Mark Wright, dummied a defender and lashed a low shot into the net from 20 yards.
With former Walsall player Stefan Oakes spraying some useful balls around in midfield, Wycombe had the better of the opening minutes, but even without the injured Ian Roper and Chris Westwood, the defence stood firm, determined to retain their record.
The opening goal came after 34 minutes when Danny Fox forced a corner with a brave challenge. Wright delivered the perfect inswinger which Sam smashed into the roof of the net with a six-yard header.
In the short time Money has been at the club, Walsall's success rate from set-pieces has risen sharply, and that was another example...SUPL: