Football: Bruce's run cut short by Rammell

Walsall 2 Huddersfield Town 0

STEVE BRUCE'S hopes of steering Huddersfield to the First Division summit ahead of his return to Manchester on Saturday were dashed last night by two players he knows well from his time as captain at Old Trafford.

Mark Robins, once described by Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United's most natural finisher, and Andy Rammell, who used to understudy Robins in the reserves, scored the first-half goals for Walsall which ended Huddersfield's winning streak at six matches.

The Midlands side, who had prevailed only once at Bescot Stadium since achieving promotion last May, thus halted their own run of seven games without a victory. In doing so, they also proved they could beat clubs other than their immediate neighbours. Their only previous victims were Wolves, Birmingham and West Bromwich Albion.

Bruce, whose team face the leaders, Manchester City, at Maine Road at the weekend, commendably declined to deny Walsall the credit they were due. "We got exactly what we deserved - and that was nothing," the Huddersfield manager said.

"When you are riding high, people are waiting for you. There were too many performances out there which didn't live up to those of the last few weeks."

Ray Graydon, the Walsall manager, said: "Make no mistake, we have beaten a very good side. Huddersfield's front two are as good as you get in this division, but we deserved it."

In fairness to Bruce's players, they ran into a goalkeeper, in James Walker, who was on peak form. Walker made a string of agile saves in the closing stages, notably from Marcus Stewart and Scott Sellars, yet Walsall were in no mood to relinquish an advantage secured with a combination of enterprise and endeavour.

Their first goal arrived after only seven minutes. Dean Keates' deftly chipped pass found Robins lurking unmarked 15 yards out, whereupon the widely travelled forward lobbed it instantaneously and with equal subtlety beyond Nico Vaesen.

Walker's smothering save prevented Clyde Wijnhard from claiming an equaliser almost immediately, but Walsall pressed forward with a panache which belied their position in the relegation zone. They doubled their lead seconds before half-time, when Rammell rose, again unchallenged, to head in Chris Marsh's cross to the far post.

Walsall's ascendancy was epitomised by the sight of their debut-making Argentinian left-back, Diego Padula, nutmegging Chris Beech. While it was not always so easy, the watching Joe Royle must have enjoyed the irony of a pair of one-time Red Devils keeping his Blue Mooners on top.

Walsall (4-4-2): Walker; Marsh, Roper, Viveash, Padula; Wrack, Bukran, Keates, Matias; Rammell, Robins (Larusson, 87). Substitutes not used: Eyjolfsson, Barras, Gadsby, Emberson (gk).

Huddersfield Town (4-4-2): Vaesen; Jenkins, Dyson (Gray, h-t), Monkou, Vincent; Gorre, Irons, Beech, Thornley (Sellars, 55); Wijnahard, Stewart. Substitutes not used: Horne, Armstrong, Margetson (gk).

Referee: B Knight (Orpington).

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
business
News
Mick Jagger performing at Glastonbury
people
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
beautyBelgian fan lands L'Oreal campaign after being spotted at World Cup
Sport
Germany's Andre Greipel crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France
tour de franceGerman champion achieves sixth Tour stage win in Reims
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SAP SD OTC Consultant | 12Months

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP SD OTC Consultant | 12 Months | 500/...

Business Systems Analyst - London - £40,000 plus benefits

£35000 - £40000 per annum + substantial benefits: Ashdown Group: Business Syst...

Campaign Manager

£40000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Campaign Man...

JQuery Developer (JQuery, C#, front-end, JQuery, UI, Tomcat)

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organ...

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil