Well, that’ll do.
The saddlers come away from the Bescot with a much needed win against an Oldham side that came into the game needing a win just as much as we did.
The first half was pretty dull, not much going on from either team and the way Oldham went ahead really summed up the quality that had been on show. Despite our poor performance in the first 45 I still don’t think we deserved to go in behind.
The fans did their best to rally behind the team though, not a boo or Whitney out to be heard when we were behind and I think there was a collective thought that we could definitely get something out the game in the second half, queue the 3 eyed saddler…
We came out in the second half a like a brand new team. Devlin who had caused them trouble all game marauding down the wing looking similar to a certain fan favourite from last season, Ozzy all of a sudden picking the ball up in threatening positions rather than facing our own goal and you really did feel we deserved to be level when Edward’s (slightly miss hit) drive cut through 5 or 6 bodies to nestle in the bottom corner… GAME ON.
Baka then did his best to pile even more pressure and criticism on himself, passing a cross from leahy wide when it looked easier to score following ozzy clattering the post. The Turkish messi also had a maisy run/half shot cleared off the line before it truly was 3rd time lucky.
As the clocked ticked into the 90th minute some head tennis following a long throw in saw debutnat Shaun Donnelan (who had a fantastic game considering he only arrived at the club 48 hours previous) smartly flick the ball on for ozzy to flick in from 2 yards out.
You would have thought that job done, but with 5 added Time Oldham mustered one final chance. A point blank save from Gillespie preserved the 3 points and sent all the lads and lasses home with a smile on their faces.
Much more of that second half performance and the lads might just win round some of the doubters. Edwards and Devlin showing the passion and determination we will need to achieve this year, keep it up lads…COYR