Football: Lee Has Wright Recipe; PRESTON.............1 Alexander 53 (Pen) WALSALL..............2 Fryatt 2, Wright 65
Byline: RAY CLARKIN
WALSALL gave themselves a massive survival boost with this unlikely victory.
Manager Colin Lee shook up his squad after the thrashing by Ipswich in midweek and turned to youngsters Matt Fryatt and Mark Wright to turn things around.
The pair did him proud, scoring both Walsall goals - and their provider was that wily old fox Paul Merson.
The visitors made an explosive start. Within 30 seconds Neil Emblen fired from 25 yards, forcing a full-length save from goalkeeper Andrew Lonigan.
A minute later, Claude Davis survived a strong appeal for a penalty - but from the corner that was awarded instead, Walsall went in front.
Merson took the kick, guiding the ball like an arrow on to the head of Fryatt, who powered it home. It was only Fryatt's second start for the club but he seized his chance like a veteran.
Stung by the goal, the home side launched an onslaught on the Walsall goal and it was amazing that Lee's side survived until the 51st minute.
Substitute Jeff Smith, on loan from Bolton, missed a sitter in the 31st minute when he sliced over from three yards. …