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5 January 2015

A report on our clash with Coventry City by Dominic Upton...

HERE is the latest match report from our St. Thomas More student as Dominic Upton gives his take on our 2-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City...

By Dominic Upton
‘Angry with the first 10 minutes’ and ‘disappointed with the missed chances’ was the overall verdict of Saddlers' boss, Dean Smith, whose side lost 2-0 to local rivals Coventry on Saturday.

After a big win against MK Dons in their previous game Smith said that this loss ‘didn’t kill the season’.

The visitors had the chance to be ahead after just four minutes with Jim O’Brien being brought down in the area, the resulting penalty, taken by Marcus Tudgay, was expertly saved by Saddlers 'keeper and Man of the Match, Richard O’Donnell.

But just over a minute later the sky blues did take the lead just a couple of minutes later a poor clearance by James Chambers fell perfectly for Jim O’Brien who from 20 yards shot and found the top corner of the goal, adding to the intense atmosphere.

‘The second half is how we really play’ was the opinion of Smith on his teams second half performance. Walsall hit the post twice as well as having another four shots on target from Bradshaw, Sawyers, Forde and Manset, the substitute.

All of Walsall’s hard work was cut out late on when O’Donnell saved from Tudgay to give Coventry a corner, Jim O’Brien crossed the ball into the far post with Tudgay winning the header and placing the ball past the reach of O’Donnell to double the lead and confirm the three points for Coventry.

Walsall stay 13th after the defeat now Dean Smith will look to get a good win against Preston in midweek.

Dominic Upton
St Thomas More School

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