Coventry 5 Walsall 1 - match report

Walsall blew an early lead to capitulate at Coventry and extend their winless run to 15 games.

Blair Adams’ early own goal was wiped out by David McGoldrick’s double, Carl Baker’s brace and Cyrus Christie’s strike as the 10-man Saddlers collapsed at the Ricoh Arena.

Andy Butler was sent off late on after picking up his second yellow card to pile the misery on the poor Saddlers.

They remain 19th in League One but are now only two points clear of the drop zone.

After a two-week break Craig Westcarr replaced Ashley Hemmings in Walsall’s first ever trip to the Ricoh.

And in a sign of things to come Aaron McCarey thwarted Franck Moussa on seven minutes and  McGoldrick fired wide on 14 minutes after bamboozling Dean Holden.

But the Saddlers took a shock lead when Jamie Paterson’s cross was sliced past Joe Murphy by an under pressure Adams.

Walsall had settled the better, despite allowing the Sky Blues two sights at goal, with Nicky Featherstone and Sam Mantom trying to press forward.

But the hosts were riled by the early goal and Richard Taundry and Butler were forced into last ditch clearances.

Their resistance didn’t last long though as Coventry levelled on 29 minutes when Baker tricked his way into the area and fired low past McCarey at the near post.

The Sky Blues were on top and McGoldrick fired them ahead on 39 minutes when Paterson lost possession inside the Coventry half, Baker broke and fed the Nottingham Forest loanee who chipped over McCarey.

And it got worse for the Saddlers just two minutes later when McGoldrick bagged his second as he drilled in at the far post – despite looking to handle the ball before scoring.

It killed Walsall’s hopes and the escaped in injury time when Butler lost the ball to Baker but McCarey saved and Gary McSheffrey fired the rebound over.

Will Grigg lobbed over after the break as the Saddlers sought inspiration but McGoldrick was denied by the post before Coventry went further ahead just after the hour.

Christie was given too much space on the right to cut in and his low deflected effort found the corner.

Walsall created nothing in response until Sam Mantom’s shot was turned behind by Murphy and Dean Holden’s goal was ruled out for offside after Featherstone’s free kick was saved.

Butler was then dismissed for a second yellow card – after picking up his first in a flare-up with McGoldrick – and Baker finished the Saddlers off when he curled in from 25-yards with eight minutes left.

Comments for: "Coventry 5 Walsall 1 - match report"

Sam

Say no more RUBBISH..

grumpy

Division 2 surely for next season? No point sacking manager it will make no real lasting difference whoever is in charge. Without investment you will always be at a disadvantage as money is what we all work for and low wages = low skills!

andrew

Sacking Smith WOULD make a difference if we actually appointed someone decent. Steve Cotterill... David Kelly... Phil Brown, someone like this would do nicely. The next 2 home games are crucial. If we win at least one of them, Smith's job is safe for a while. If not, he must be walking on thin ice. Drawing games or losing by the odd-goal is a lot different to the hammering we received yesterday. Anymore of that and I don't expect Smith to last much longer.

carlos

Agree with Grumpy no great escape this time once again no investment on the playing side

Having said that to quote smith this is my team let me ne judged on this

Look at the table no more to be said .We are in decline WHITE KNIGHT wanted urgently !

Karl

Are you sure grumpy? Having someone good in charge like Roberto Di Matteo (who did a good job in this division with MK Dons) or hell i'll even pull a name thats the same as mine out the hat, Karl Robinson put these people in charge and i think we'd see a huge change in the team, how they play and they'd even get a grilling for the poor performance instead of someone like Smith who keeps saying there were "positives" we've got to take from it.

empty red seat

Lower division management is all about your manager having good contacts within the game to bring in good loan signings.Rejects from Leyton Orient and Chesterfield is about Smiths barrel within the game.

Phil Brown or Megson would fit the bill for the job.

Mal

Sorry but here we go throwing names around, do you think for one moment any of those would work at Walsall for the salary and budget they would be given unless they were desperate.

We have what we have due to the obvious, I am actually bored with this all now it stops with one man, end of!

empty red seat

Brown was close to going to Hartlepool,so if Hartlepool have a bigger budget than Walsall then theres no hope at all..As for Megson he is desperate to get back in,and league 1 is his level to build him back up.