The Super Saddlers edged this fiercely competitive ‘derby’ on a memorable night at Molineux. The home side went close with efforts from Bjorn Sigurdarson and Bakary Sako whilst Richard O’Donnell made a good save from a 30 yard free kick from the latter. Meanwhile Craig Westcarr’s free kick hit the bar after 9 minutes whilst Paul Downing saw a header deflected wide then saw a well struck volley go over the bar.
The winner came on 69 minutes from Andy Butler as a result of an Andy Taylor free kick that James Baxendale hooked over for the Walsall captain to head home to send the Walsall fans wild. Substitute Milan Lalkovic saw a curling shot in the final minute hit a post but it mattered not as Saddlers survived the 5 mins of time added on to record their 3rd famous victory at the Molineux in recent decades following the 1985-6 Milk Cup 1-0 victory and the 2-1 success in the league in 1999 – 2000.
Wolves supporters booed their team off and some sportingly applauded the Walsall players.
This win took Walsall up to 7th and dented Wolves home record of five straight wins.
The teams that night were:
WOLVES – Ikeme, Doherty, Batth, Ricketts, Golbourne, Sigurdarson, Davis, Mc Donald, Evans, Sako, Doyle.
WALSALL – O’Donnell, J. Chambers, Taylor, Butler, Downing, Featherstone, Westcarr, (Sawyers), Manton, A. Chambers, Hemmings, (Baxendale), Hewitt. (Lalkovic).