Walsall made two changes for the important game at Bristol Rovers in midweek. In came Will Grigg and Julian Gray and Walsall got off to a great start after just five minutes when Grigg scored his first professional goal for The Saddlers after Alex Nicholls had done well on the right and provided a perfect pass for the teenager to strike home.
The goal nother defeat up stepped Aaron Lescott gave Walsall confidence and Grigg and Nicholls had further chances to add to the score but as often in these cases its fatal not to make the most of such chances. Rovers made a substitution at half time and what an inspired decision it was. Joe Kuffour came on for the home side and within eight minutes of the restart Rovers were on level terms. He whipped the ball over top scorer Will Hoskins who bagged his 14th of the season.
Just a minute later the home side doubled their lead when Kuffour struck well to break Walsall's hearts. Just when it seemed Walsall would have to suffer another defeat Aaran Lescott accepted a Macken pass and Walsall managed to hang on for a win. With Rovers just slighty above Walsall in the table the draw didn't really help either club.
As for acting manager Dean Smith, it did his chances of any aspirations he may or may not of had of landing the Walsall manager's job as for the second game in a row his side had made a good comeback.