Walsall knocked Wolves out of the Milk Cup with a 1-0 victory on the night at Molineux to add to the 1-1 draw in the home leg at Fellows Park the previous week. Nicky Cross, a recent signing from West Bromwich Albion, looked a snip at £48,000 and indeed turned out to be a great Alan Buckley signing. The 24 year old pounced in the 49th minute with a well placed header following a Steve Daley corner that was flicked on by strike partner Steve Elliott and with 18 year old understudy Tim Flowers making an error in coming out too soon, Crossy headed home to send the 4,000 Saddlers fans packed into their segment of the South Bank wild.
In the first half, Saddlers keeper Steve Cherry kept his team in it by bravely going down at the feet of Jon Purdie after he had blocked a goal bound effort from Steve Stoutt. Wolves had what looked liked a good penalty appeal turned down but those couple of anxious moments apart Walsall looked comfortable enough and played some good football. Steve Elliott had missed a couple of first half chances and Ian Handysides should have snapped up a great chance too.
Colin Brazier and Phil Hawker were kept busy with Wolves reverting to the long ball but the pair blocked everything that was thrown at them. The Molineux had a somewhat eerie feel about it at the start of that 85-6 season with the Waterloo Road stand and the North Bank closed for safety reasons and were a club in decline. Saddlers joyous fans lapped it up with chants of 'Molineux is falling down' and 'Bhatties must stay', a reference to the Wolves owners at the time. Saddlers fans certainly made themselves heard that night with fantastic backing throughout. The reward for the second round was a two legged affair against Leeds United.
The teams on duty that night were -
WOLVES - Flowers, Stoutt, ( Dougherty, ) Barnes, Zelem, Clarke, Ainscow, Chapman, Edwards, Purdie, King, Crainie.
WALSALL _ Cherry, Hart, Mower, Shakespeare, Brazier, Hawker, Handysides, Cross, O' Kelly, Elliott, Daley.
Nicky Cross heads home.