Walsall 2-1 Crawley - player ratings
Paul Jenkins rates the Walsall players after their narrow 2-1 home win over Crawley.
Protected well again by his defence, kicking and distribution were good. However, he couldn’t do much about the goal Crawley scored.
Looked safe 8
Three weeks after scoring his first Walsall goal, he now has a second. Netted the Saddlers’ equaliser after getting forward and defended well.
Went close a number of times, denied by a good goalkeeper and some bad luck. Perhaps needed a little more composure in front of goal.
Commanding at the back and supported the midfield and forwards well.
Steady on the ball, good distribution, marshalled defence well.
Another good game 8
Always dangerous and creative, again needed a little more composure but set up and attempted chances.
Another player who helped anchor the midfield and got forward well as Walsall looked for the second goal.
Usual lively performance and gave Crawley defence plenty to think about right from the start.
One of a number of players unlucky not to score and gave the visitors plenty of problems.
One of the stand-out performers in a very good team show.
You probably wouldn’t see a better finish for the winning goal in any of the four divisions. Signing Johnson on a permanent deal in January simply must be top of the Saddlers’ priorities.
Match winner 9
Andy Williams (for Bennett 60) Came on with enough time to join the onslaught towards Crawley’s goal and contributed well 7; Jack Earing (for Comley 70) Second substitute appearance since injury and looks to be back to full fitness. Maybe ready for a start. 7; Douglas James-Taylor (for Maddox 87) Little time to make an impact; Taylor Allen (for Gordon 87) Little time to make an impact. Not used: Kinsella; McEntee; Maher.