Rosler’s worried by horror for Conor
A HORROR leg injury to striker Conor McAleny overshadowed a dominant win for Brentford with the striker’s future occupying the thoughts of victorious manager Uwe Rösler.
The 21-year-old, on loan from Everton, was stretchered off following a fourth-minute collision with Adam Chambers on the edge of the visitors’ box.
Both players were going for the ball and there did not appear to be any malice behind the challenge.
Despite the setback Clayton Donaldson’s firsthalf header was enough to condemn Walsall to their first defeat of the season but Rösler was visibly moved by the incident after the game.
Rösler said: “We are all shocked, Conor’s got a very, very nasty injury. I’m speechless to be honest, I fear for the lad.
“He’s a very promising player, a good character and hungry for football. We’ll give him the full extent of our support.
“I haven't seen the DVD yet.With the force and tempo of the players these days, things like this can happen. That’s my first impression, I don’t think anyone can lay any blame at this moment.
“It was a really ugly win, we haven’t had any ugly wins for three years. We’ll take that, especially after Gillingham. I think we were all shocked after four minutes.”
Donaldson buried the ball into the left corner of Richard O’Donnell’s net after Shaleum Logan picked him out in the 42nd minute.
The pair linked up again two minutes later but Donaldson’s header was less composed and went wide of the post.
The Bees’ top scorer for last season was then denied by O’Donnell’s diving save in the 63rd minute after a through ball from George Saville found him unmarked in the area.
Adam Forshaw threatened to open the scoring on 28 minutes with a 25yard shot that rattled off the crossbar.
Milan Lalkovic should have levelled on the cusp of half-time but his poked effort went straight to David Button.
Craig Westcarr almost equalised on 88 minutes but his near post effort was pushed wide.
Walsall manager Dean Smith said:“You have to give them credit, they played very well and pressed us all over.
“In the first-half they did very well and I said to the boys at half-time that we can do better with the ball and they went out and gave it a right good go. Conditions weren’t ideal with the amount of rain, the ball was running away from people.We had a couple of chances and put them under pressure at the end but had nothing clear cut.”