December 22, 2012
Saddlers raise toast to Brandy
Former Manchester United striker Febian Brandy grabbed the vital goal to clinch Walsall a 1-0 win over Colchester at the Banks's Stadium and their first victory in 17 matches.
Tiny forward Brandy burst on to a pass from Sam Mantom in the 62nd minute, rounded goalkeeper Mark Cousins and slotted in his second goal for the club to condemn Colchester to their fifth successive league defeat.
Brandy could have had a couple of goals in the opening 27 minutes. His first shot in the 12th minute deflected off Colchester defender Tom Eastman for a corner, then, sent clear by Craig Westcarr, he dragged a low drive wide.
The Saddlers almost paid for that in the 29th minute when their former striker Jabo Ibehre cleverly controlled a throughball and chipped Walsall goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, only to see the ball come back off he crossbar.
Colchester striker Freddie Sears then shot just wide before home defender Ben Purkiss drove wide from inside the box and in a desperate finish visiting defender Josh Thompson saw his header strike the crossbar.
|Febian Brandy (61')|
|32 Aaron McCarey||1 Mark Cousins|
|4 Andy Butler||3 Michael Rose|
|14 Ben Purkiss||20 Brian Wilson|
|26 Andy Taylor||25 John White|
|22 Paul Downing||40 Josh Thompson|
|7 Adam Chambers||18 Tom Eastman|
|27 Sam Mantom||10 Kemal Izzet|
|10 Jamie Paterson||22 Anthony Wordsworth|
|29 Craig Westcarr||9 Clinton Morrison|
|12 Febian Brandy||12 Jabo Ibehre|
|9 William Grigg||11 Fred Sears|
|1 David Grof||Carl Pentney 35|
|5 Dean Holden||Magnus Okuonghae 4|
|20 Malvind Benning||Daniel Potts 41|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||Marcus Bean 15|
|8 Florent Cuvelier||John-Joe O'Toole 8|
|24 James Baxendale||Drey Wright 30|
|17 George Bowerman||Ian Henderson 16|
|George Bowerman for William Grigg (59)||Drey Wright for Michael Rose (46)|
|Florent Cuvelier for Jamie Paterson (77)||Ian Henderson for Jabo Ibehre (60)|
|John-Joe O'Toole for Fred Sears (72)|
|Josh Thompson (67)|
|Brian Wilson (76)|
|Kemal Izzet (83)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Colchester United|