Walsall 1 – 2 Albion


One-time pop-chart wrecker, now trainspotter and Walsall celebrity bellend fan Pete Waterman

At last! A football match! Heavy pitch at the Bescot – should make for an incident full game. First starts for new full-backs Calderon and Painter, no place even on the bench for Gavin Hoyte. I’ve missed the first 15 minutes due to work, Murray scored in the ninth minute. Commentary say it’s all one way traffic. Walsall equalise on 25 minutes, Kuipers got a hand to it but it flies in.

Corner by Bennett, Elphick flicks on, Forster overhead kick…………2-1! Fourteen for the auld fella this season now. Arsing about at the back again just before half-time, what are we doing? Painter misjudges a back pass, Elphick fouls, Keystone capers yet again, but we survive – just. One on one against Kuipers – just missed. Suicide football at the end of this half.

Martin O’Neill (irritating touchline monkey) is watching this one from the Bescot stands as Villa don’t play today. Like the boys say on Seagulls Player – let’s hope we don’t look too good in front of him. Second half. As expected – pressure’s on. Calderon playing well, sounds a good acquisition so far. Kuipers is having a pretty poor show, reluctant to leave his line and inviting Walsall to get in amongst it in our box. Not good.

Corner, shot by Forster, knocked over the bar.  Walsall going for it, need a change, tired legs. Kuipers flaps at another back pass – get Brezovan on FFS! Albion trying to quieten this game down, that’s it – keep ball. Calderon has been pretty damn good by the sounds of it today. Dickinson on for Fozzy on 75 minutes.

Last 15 Walsall coming at us, but  we hold for for a well earned win. Good effort from all the lads, especially Senor Calderon – my man of the match. Things are looking up at the club at last, next stop Villa Park. And this should be the start of The Hovian going to all (well most) of the games and filing his first person match reports, and not relying on Johnny Cantor etc (who do a good job BTW) from 4000 miles away. This is my last ever Saturday in Shitholestan folks, now that’s a result!

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance :  8 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Inigo Calderon

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Kuipers; Calderon, Elphick, Virgo, Painter; Bennett, Crofts, Navarro, Dicker; Forster (Dickinson 75), Murray

(Subs) Brezovan, McNulty, Carole, Tunnicliffe, Cox, Hart, Dickinson

League One table

Saturday, 16 January 2010 17:04 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Leeds United 25 30 57
2 Norwich 26 31 54
3 Charlton 25 20 51
4 Colchester 24 13 45
5 Huddersfield 24 19 41
6 Swindon 23 4 41
7 MK Dons 25 5 39
8 Millwall 25 7 37
9 Bristol Rovers 23 -4 34
10 Brentford 25 -2 33
11 Walsall 23 2 31
12 Hartlepool 25 -6 30
13 Southampton 25 13 29
14 Southend 25 -5 29
15 Exeter 26 -9 29
16 Yeovil 24 -2 28
17 Carlisle 23 -4 28
18 Brighton 25 -12 27
19 Gillingham 25 -7 26
20 Oldham 23 -9 25
21 Leyton Orient 24 -13 24
22 Tranmere 23 -22 21
23 Wycombe 27 -23 19
24 Stockport 23 -26 14

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4 Responses to “Walsall 1 – 2 Albion”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    fully agree with your MOM seems he is all they say about him, but we must expect to lose him for some games as he is likely to be banned at some time or another.
    great match to listen to and I never thought right from the start we would lose it which in itself is unusual and the more I listen to the matches the more I think we got the right man and watching the after match interview he gives the impression that the buck stops with him and is frightened of nobody.
    have a good journey home mate.


  2. The Hovian Says:

    Thanks buddy, as always.

    Yeah, we deserved the win, bit flaky at times at the back, but not shipping the goals as much. I studied the full League One table for ages today, our away form is play-off good, but only Stocky are worse than us at home – utter madness. We’re just above Gills now, and they haven’t won one game away this season.

    The Withdean is losing us valuable points, for whatever reason – no atmosphere, a jinx, who knows – Falmer can’t come quick enough. I’m not fussed about the Villa score, it’s a day out and will be fun. Millwall at home is winnable, got my tickets already – I’m going to love getting to all the games I want now.

    Cheers again

  3. barrell86 Says:

    In all fairness I actually hope your lot do Villurrrr, they are just one of them teams that get on my tits, dirty tactics, sly football, can’t hack em. I’ll be behind your Albion for this one

  4. The Hovian Says:

    Cheers mate, it’s Martin O’Neill who annoys me. An intelligent, erudite man in interviews, who then morphs into something resembling a deformed squirrel monkey on charley at pitchside.

    A twat. If we get a draw I’ll be amazed.

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