WHILE Walsall’s supporters celebrated survival as if they’d won promotion, Huddersfield Town’s were left to wonder which side will show up for the play-offs.
In the first half Simon Grayson’s team, boosted by Lee Novak’s second-minute strike, produced an encouraging show.
But in the second, after Belgian teenager Florent Cuvelier levelled four minutes in, they lost direction badly.
Having made four alterations to his starting side, with Damien Johnson, Tommy Miller, Kallum Higginbotham and Danny Ward coming in, the boss was forced into changes during the game by injuries (to Calum Woods and Johnson) and illness (Ward).
That meant some reorganisation, and Gary Roberts was unable to provide the kind of menace supplied by Ward, but there was still concern in the way Town performed after half-time.
But at least when they came under the cosh, they limited Walsall to just one goal, neatly put away by the on-loan Stoke midfielder.
Richard Taundry, Olly Lancashire, Alex Nicholls, Mat Sadler and Argentinian striker Emmanuel Ledesma all had chances to win it for the West Midlands side.
But Town, who might have been three to the good by the break, held out in their penultimate regular League I game.
It all began brightly, with Jack Hunt, Peter Clarke, Higginbotham and Scott Arfield linking neatly to set up Novak, who buried a low shot with just 90 seconds on the clock.
Nicholls tested Ian Bennett with a fifth-minute effort, and Walsall had a decent-looking penalty shout, when the midfielder went down under Hunt’s challenge, rejected.
But there seemed to be relegation nerves among both the home players and fans, and Town could have been two up on 14 minutes.
Ward played a lovely deep ball in from the left touchline, but Novak’s downward header hit the deck and went over.