Walsall came back to earth with a bump as they ran into an in-form Bradford City inspired by one of the goals of the season.
The League One clash at The Banks’s Stadium was finely-balanced after an absorbing opening half only for Kyel Reid to produce a 45th minute goal which no-one who witnessed it will forget.
Reid advanced from just inside his own half and let fly from 30yds with a sensational drive which was still accelerating as it flew by a helpless Richard O’Donnell.
To make matters worse, before Walsall had time to get their second-half game underway they were two-down when Bradford’s handful of a centre-forward James Hanson beat the offside trap and then O’Donnell with a firm finish.
After their recent fine run of results it was a jolt for Dean Smith’s team, fresh from becoming the first side to take points off leaders Orient in their previous week.
Walsall were 20 minutes registering their first shot on target and their best effort of the opening half was a stinging drive from Sam Munton which Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin tipped round.
But it wasn’t until Smith opted for a triple substitution on the hour that the Saddlers came up with the routes to goal which truly troubled the visitors.
On came James Baxendale, Romaine Sawyers and Ashley Hemmings for Troy Hewitt, the struggling Milan Lalkovic and Nicky Featherstone and two chances which could have turned the game on its head came and went in as many minutes.
Paul Downing blazed over from point-blank range as he stretched to reach a volleyed cross from Craig Westcarr after Andy Taylor’s long pass had found him at the back post.
Then in the 68th minute, Hemmings fired wide on the volley after Baxendale had found him with a beautifully-weighted clip to the far post.
The Saddlers were able to test McLaughlin one more time with a left foot pile driver from Taylor but the game was played out with Bradford in control having kept Walsall’s threat to a minimum.
Saddlers' boss Dean Smith spoke after the game and said: "It was disappointing to lose but it was a good performance from the team.
"There wasn't much we could do about the first goal, it was a wonder strike. I thought had we come in a half-time 0-0 then it would have been a good reflection. we had good ball retention and weathered the early storm.
"The second goal was disappointing as we are much better than that. It is unlike us to give away goals, we rarely do that.
"Hanson is tough to handle. We all saw that last year in their League Cup run and he took his goal well today.
"After 10 games, we have 1 and half points per game which is good considering the tough teams we have played.
"We performed well and, if we play like we did in the final 30 minutes, we will be fine. today's result was just disappointing."
"We are creating chances and had we taking at least one today then it would had given us a way back into the game.