UNITED IN REL­E­GA­TION BAT­TLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

said.“Even though a few of us are out of con­tract in the sum­mer, in­clud­ing my­self, ev­ery­one is still giv­ing ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.

“The lads are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. We played re­ally well and ob­vi­ously that is pleas­ing but we des­per­ately wanted the three points.

“We just want to match re­sults with the teams around us on Mon­day and then we know we have a mas­sive home game against Old­ham and the game in hand at Craw­ley, so we know we can still get our­selves safe.”

Carlisle went ahead on 13 min­utes as No­ble found the net – via O’Don­nell – af­ter Gary Ma­dine’s knock down. The vis­i­tors should have equalised on 26 min­utes as cap­tain Andy But­ler met a free-kick but his firm ef­fort was clawed around the post by Jordan Pick­ford.

Brad Potts struck the bar be­fore the break, but Wal­sall were much im­proved in the sec­ond half and should have lev­elled when, first, Ngoo had a shot hacked off the line be­fore Man­tom hit the re­bound against the post and James Cham­bers fired over.

But af­ter No­ble rat­tled the cross­bar with an­other spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort the Sad­dlers did equalise as Ngoo headed home for his first goal in English foot­ball.

Wal­sall boss Dean Smith said: “These last few games are a great op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers to earn some good bonuses and en­sure that we get the team fin­ish­ing as high up the ta­ble as pos­si­ble. We don’t want the sea­son to fiz­zle out, and it’s im­por­tant we re­main fo­cused on im­prov­ing our fin­ish from last sea­son.

“The mo­ti­va­tion is def­i­nitely there. There is a lot of po­ten­tial there.”

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