Walsall slumped to their third defeat in a row at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday as high-flying Cheltenham Town ran out 2-1 winners.
With only one home win all season the atmosphere at Walsall is currently somewhat joyless, and the latest defeat did nothing to lift the gloom.
Goals from Ben Tozer and Luke Varney either side of Josh Gordan’s penalty were enough to give the visitors a happy coach journey home, with the victory moving Michael Duff’s impressive unit up to fifth.
Meanwhile, Walsall are languishing at the wrong end of the League Two table, in nineteenth after their seventh league defeat before the clocks go back.
Following his appointment in May, Darrell Clarke set about dismantling the squad that suffered League One relegation last season, but his rebuilding appears to have done nothing to halt the Saddlers pitiful slide, and he’s now starting to come under intense pressure from supporters angry at the club’s plight.
As recently as 2016 the Saddlers were serious challengers for League One promotion, but the latest defeat means they are now anxiously looking over their shoulder, nervous about retaining their EFL status.
They travel to fellow strugglers Oldham on Tuesday for a fixture that already has the feel of a relegation six-pointer.
Fans anger was borne out when they took to social media to react to the defeat, and plenty didn’t hold back as the following selection of responses to the result on Twitter illustrate.
Worst Walsall team I’ve watched in over 40 years , gutless, passionless ashamed of the players. Managers can install everything other than pride. That’s what we lack😞
— Andy H (@AndyTDEJ) October 19, 2019
Shocking today and it seems I’m saying the same Every Week ! Sort it out Please 🤞 I can accept losing but if we don’t even try then I’m sorry that’s a problem for me 👎🏼 Let’s bounce back Tuesday 👍
— Holly (@Holly23511954) October 19, 2019
Said at the start of the season the squad DC has put together is shocking
— Matt Walters (@mattwalters28) October 19, 2019
Honestly we are a joke
— James Lake (@JamesLake_95) October 19, 2019
That. Was. Awful.
— Bloodshot Eye (@OldRedEyeIsBack) October 19, 2019
1 home win all season yet we’re begged to attend home matches 🙄🙄🙄
— John Chambers (@Chamboman) October 19, 2019
Yet again still not good enough and yet again a stupid mistake cost us the game .the players we got, some are some Ain’t good enough, roll on transfer window
— Shaun edwards (@Shaune3017) October 19, 2019
— Lee Fieldhouse (@Saddler_Lee) October 19, 2019
Forget watching paint dry think id rather just go buy a tin of paint n watch it in the tin than do as planned n go to Oldham.. Utter Garbage #WalsallFC
— Dave Phillips (@DaveWFC) October 19, 2019