League Start Sickner #Walsall FC
21st August 2012
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Walsall's 2012-13 League One opening game ended up with a 0-3 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the Banks's Stadium but although the result was a sickner Walsall played some good football most of the time to give hope for the future. However Walsall fans are starting to wonder where the goals are going to come from as there is no big target man to assist the likes of Will Grigg who is doing well but badly needs some support.

Walsall received a boost on the eve of the game with news that defender James Chambers, twin brother of midfielder Adam, had signed on a short-term contract following an injury to Richard Taundry. Walsall continued with David Grof in goal and after just four minutes was picking the ball out of his net when he fumbled the ball low down and Chris Brown had the easy task of tapping the ball home from close range. Worse was to come when David Cotterill attempted a 40 yard pass which sailed over Grof's head into the empty net. The player admitted afterwards it was a fluke goal.

Walsall's first half saw them play some good football and got their passing game going. Jamie Patterson, Ashley Hemmings and Andy Butler all came agonising close for the home side and Saddlers forced several corners as they tried to get back into the game. Doncaster put Walsall out of their misery in the second half with a beautiful strike from Kyle Bennett giving Grof no chance at all. So a disappointing result and two away games at Oldham and Notts County later this week for Dean Smith's men.

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