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It was a weekend where there was the usual doom and gloom for our Midlands teams. Starting off in the Premier League West Brom kicked off the weekend’s football by taking a hammering at Tottenham. The Baggies lost 4-0 after a Harry Kane hat-trick and a Gareth McAuley own goal saw Albion lucky not to lose by more. Dropping down to the Championship saw Blues draw 0-0 at home to Nottingham Forest. It continues Gianfranco Zola’s winless start at St. Andrews as fans are becoming increasingly frustrated at the board after they looked destined to continue rising under former boss Gary Rowett. Forest are in a similar situation with their 1474 fans protesting against their owners throughout the game.
We also had a Midlands derby on Saturday when Wolves hosted Aston Villa in the late kick off. It was an emotional affair as last week the footballing world lost one its finest men – Graham Taylor. Taylor, who died aged 72 last Thursday, managed both sides in his career. He was a widely respected man and will be missed by so many. The difference between the sides was Joe Mason’s 15th minute strike, and his 3rd goal this season, on a chilly evening at Molineux. Villa hardly pressed and didn’t register a single shot on target throughout. Wolves are up to 16th and Villa, just 3 points ahead, lie in 13th on 35 points.
In League One Coventry continued their miserable season losing 1-0 away at managerless Chesterfield with Dan Gardner scoring the winner in the 77th minute. Overall it was a poor contest by two teams that look to be in for a long haul unless fortunes drastically change. City are still bottom of League One on 21 points, 4 adrift of safety.
Has the tide turned at the Banks’s? It certainly looked that way after Walsall comprehensively beat league leaders Sheffield United, making this the Saddlers’ 3rd win over the Blades this season. United looked good in the opening minutes with Billy Sharp hitting the bar when just seconds later Walsall moved up the other end and Amadou Bakayoko scored his first goal since his winner at Brammall Lane back in November. Jack O’Connell nodded home just 5 minutes later after a nicely worked free kick. The game took a quieter spell before Walsall regained the lead when Jason McCarthey struck home on 58 minutes. Joe Edawards (67′) and an Erhun Oztumer penalty (76′) sealed a memorable win for the Saddlers. Just under 7,000 were there for what boss Jon Witney hopes is the start of his team’s turnaround. They’re now 14th on 34 points, just 9 points off the play-offs.
Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Birmingham City 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 0 Aston Villa
Chesterfield 1 – 0 Coventry City
Walsall 4 – 1 Sheffield United