7 Minutes in Heaven

Added time is always an exciting period when the game is at deadlock. As 7 minutes were raised the roar from the fans that accompanied it told the players everything they needed about what we expected from them, boy did they deliver…

If you’d only watched the highlights you could say that the Posh were unlucky not to be a goal up before the break; but watching the game that wasn’t the sense I got. A shaky opening few minutes saw Peterborough’s number 8 complete a great goal line clearance instead of tapping it into the back of our net- after that though I felt the Saddlers looked good, ending the first half on top in a fairly dull first 45.

Jackson come close on a few occasions, latching on to a deflection he was unfortunate not to lift a looping header over the Posh goalkeeper from close range. The keeper thwarted him again after a great long ball from Morris to McCarthy, who’s pin point cross saw Simeon’s first time shot padded away.

*SIDE NOTE* Despite the person behind me insisting ‘he’s fuckin shit he is’… I felt Jackson had a reasonable game. Since the departure of Sawyers, Fordey, Milan and Mantom, our midfield struggle to slip people in through the middle of the park anymore. Goals tend to come from the wings and from aggressive counter attacking. In my opinion (though they should be doing much better) both Jackson and Baka can feel somewhat aggrieved at the amount of runs that go unnoticed and sometimes the shift they put in goes underappreciated.

Into the second half and I felt the Saddlers started to get on top. Neil keeping us in it with a few fine saves but generally the boys looked quite comfortable. When Morris fizzed one over the bar with about 20 minutes left I did start to wonder if it would be the Saddlers day or not.

As 7 minutes was announced there was a tinge of excitement and nervousness in the air. Plenty of time to nick it and plenty of time to throw it away. As Ozzzy’s 92nd minute whipped into the near post my initial reaction was that the corner was wasted. But a huge leap from Baka applied just enough pressure to the goalkeeper who failed to cling onto the bending cross; a combination of poor goalkeeping and a possible foul ensuring the ball dropped behind the line; Pandemonium.

Despite relentless and vigorous protests from about half the Peterborough side, the referee and linesman were convinced they’d got the decision right. The overzealous protest from Forrester earning the lad a red card- a slight shame for him as he had played particularly well IMO, but his dogged 2 minute protest was particularly childish.

Just a few minutes later some great work by Dobson (who had a great 30 minutes) and Morris opened up the  pressing 10 man Posh side. Dobson’s weak effort which looked to be heading wide was blocked by a sliding defender, his CB partner letting him down however when Morris picked his pocket to squeeze a shot under the on rushing goalkeeper…game over.

Looking back it was a solid 7/10 performance for the Saddlers, the stand out players for myself being Matt Preston (got his head to everything, positioned himself well and defended aggressively) Jason McCarthy, (for his usual tenacity and competence on the ball-he was awarded MOTM on the day) and George Dobson (who I don’t usually rate, and was not overly keen on his appearance in the second half, but he proved me wrong with a stellar performance- solid tackling and creative going forward).

Wimbledon away next who have to navigate Gillingham midweek, hopefully that will get them on the back foot and the boys can carry some momentum forward…COYR

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