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Walsall Paper Review

22 October 2012

See how the press reported our 1-1 draw with Walsall

Express And Star


Possession is nine-tenths of the law – and the verdict leaves the jury out on Walsall.

For all their smart possession and dominance, the Saddlers were again guilty of the cardinal sin of football.

Failing to send Crewe down without a hope of recovery was the Saddlers’ biggest crime as they blew a 2-0 lead on Saturday.

It was the second straight home game where they had lost a two-goal advantage as the Railwaymen played their get out of jail card in injury time through Chuks Aneke.

Walsall couldn’t even cite mitigating circumstances after racing clear before being unable to defend their lead.

The evidence leads people questioning what the team can do and where it can go this season. Avoiding relegation is the No.1 priority and they are well placed to do that – but the recent run naturally leads to more questions than answers.

And the results, rather than performances, are just threatening to take the gloss off what has been a super start.

Four winless home games leads to inescapable disappointment.


The Sentinel


CREWE manager Steve Davis praised forward Chuks Aneke for answering his prayers by grabbing the stoppage-time equaliser at Walsall.

The Arsenal loanee was introduced as a 69th-minute substitute – and the move proved priceless as he darted to the far post to head in a perfect cross from Mathias Pogba to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Davis said: "I told him before the game he should score more goals and he needed to get into the box.

"He's six-foot three and he doesn't head it, so I was pleased to see it go in. It was a nice little move and a decent header at the end of it.

"I think Chuks has found it hard getting into the pace of this league. I wanted him to get forward in the build up and be in a position to score a goal... and he did."

Aneke, aged 19, has now scored two goals in seven appearances and he said: "I was just delighted to get on the pitch and score a goal. It would have been terrible if we had lost after that second-half performance."


The Sun


SUBSTITUTE Chuks Aneke grabbed an injury time equaliser to earn Crewe Alex a point at Walsall on Saturday.

The Arsenal loan man popped up with a far post header from a Mathias Pogba cross in the dying seconds to break Saddlers hearts.

It was reward for the character and determination of the Railwaymen – rather than the quality.


Sunday Mercury


Walsall's young guns learned a harsh lesson as a stoppage-time equaliser from Crewe substitute Chuks Aneke denied them victory.

A Saddlers victory seemed in no doubt at all after an opening half-hour in which they were totally dominant and crowned some lovely football with goals for Jamie Paterson and Florent Cuvelier.

But instead of being dead and buried, as they should have been, at half-time Crewe found themselves back in the game after poor defending of a set-piece allowed Mark Ellis to scramble in a 44th-minute goal.

Then after half-time Crewe found their fluency while Dean Smith's men lost theirs. And just as in their last home game, against Port Vale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Walsall squandered a two-goal advantage, Their fans' nerves were jangling long before Aneke rose at the far post to bury a header after more untidy defending.

 

 


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