Under-18s play out 3-3 thriller with Fleetwood...Despite the disappointment of dropping points on the weekend to Fleetwood, Walsall U18s finished 2016 at the top of the table.
The young Saddlers went behind twice before flipping the game on its head to lead 3-2 but a Fleetwood free kick settled the scores at 3-3.
Although Graham Biggs’ side were unable to hold on for the win, the Academy Manager was full of praise for his players and their performance.
“Overall I thought the performance was excellent but the result was disappointing because I think we’ve had enough chances to win the match,” Biggs said.
“We hit the cross bar twice, hit the post once and we pretty much controlled the game from start to finish.
“We went in 2-1 down at half time but I said to the boys that would we get back in the game and sure enough we did.
“If I’m being honest, when we went 3-2 up I thought we would see the game out. I thought we had enough going forward to potentially get another goal but a sloppy free kick cost us.
“But that’s football and my players are still developing and they are developing really well.”
Walsall had a host of chances to clinch it in the end but a mix of Fleetwood resilience and luck meant that the Saddlers had to settle for a point.
“I felt like Fleetwood came here with a point to prove and it’s something I said to the boys. If you’re top of the league then people will want to try and stop you,” explained Briggs.
“We competed with that. They were a little bit more physical and direct but we dealt with the threat well.
“When we hit the post, I thought it was in. Then Dan Vann had a header from a corner that went just wide. I genuinely had a feeling it was just going to be one of those days.
“But in the grand scheme of things we might look back at this result as a good point.”