Walsall 2 Lincoln City 3 - match report

Walsall’s miserable slide steepened last night as they were knocked out of the FA Cup in extra time by Blue Square Premier outfit Lincoln City at a nearly empty Banks’s Stadium.

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A mixed 12 months for Dean Smith

The Saddlers, now without a win in 11 games, suffered a disastrous setback as the non-league side shut down a vital source of revenue for the League One club.

Less than 1,500 Walsall fans attended the game to remind the club just  how important the end of their FA Cup run will be to the Saddlers.

It was a cruel night for the Dean Smith's side who made the better chances in a poor match and only had themselves to blame after they failed to put the tie to bed.

Walsall were up against it from the moment Alan Power raced through to open the scoring after 50 minutes – although the home side's vehement protests for offside did appear to have some merit.

Smith, in charge of his 100th game at Walsall, watched his men plug away and grab a deserved equaliser with nine minutes left when Richard Taundry drilled home from the edge of the area.

Walsall always looked the more forceful side but the finishing touch remained elusive and as the game went into extra time, a rare corner for Lincoln proved disastrous.

Substitute Vadaine Oliver headed home direct from a Power corner and a shocked Saddlers were staring down the barrel.

Their night was summed up in the 127th minute when an under powered back-header by James Chambers left keeper David Grof stranded and Oliver slid between them to score.

Jamie Paterson pulled another goal back with a deflected shot from a free-kick with seconds remaining but it was too little too late – and Walsall were left to ponder where their promising start to the season has vanished to.

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Comments for: "Walsall 2 Lincoln City 3 - match report"

Bilston Saddler

No pride, No passion, No Ambition, A club on its knees. At least it pays rent though ay Geff

andrew

Bonser out!! And take Smith with you! Not much else to say really.

Where do we go from here? League 2, I guess. Then the Blue Square Prem'.

Seriously though, we need about 4 new players else we really aren't going to win another game this season. Completely overhaul the squad, Deano, or you're going to axed in the near future.

Garminman

The season seems to have only just begun and we're out of everything.

What a shambles, what is left?

If the 1400 shrink to 140 it would be no surprise.

Andrew Jackson

Were you at the same match?

Walsall had the better chances? We were dire and 3-2 flattered us against a very average side. Only Benning, and to some extent Featherstone and Patterson can hold their heads high after another lacklustre performance. Taundry, MotM? You're having a laugh.... a goal, vital as it was can't gloss over yet another dire performance from him

grumpy

At last, we've found the level we should be playing at, just below Lincoln in the Blue Square!

Come on lads sort it out before it's too late! Or is it already?

ws1

Sort it out Deano NOW before it's to late.

Sadsfan

Smith has had plenty of time to turn things around. He's tactically inept, sack him.

ws6

same old same old, nothing changes forget lack of money forget lack of fans, Walsall should not be losing to a conference team.

Tommyg

I see Paul Jewell is looking for work!

Posh Imp

Ok, so, as my name suggests, I am a Lincoln fan. I have followed the Imps since 1963, and was at the game last night. I believe that, over the two games, we were the better side and deserved to go through. Admittedly, we are on a roll whilst you are on a downer, but you were the first ever side from two leagues above that we have ever beaten in out FACup history (over 125 years!)

All I would suggest, before you drop out of the League with two successive relegations, is;

Never think you are too good, too big a club, to fall out of the League - just look at how many former League clubs grace the BSP this season.

If you are relegated this season, be rid of your managerial team BEFORE the new season starts. Don't wait until you have a miserable start to next season.