Saddlers Crash Out Of Carling Cup
11th August 2011
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Walsall crashed out of the Carling Cup to Championship club Middlesbrough 0-3 and had a man sent off as not much went right for them at the Banks's Stadium. Walsall started off brightly enough but suffered a hammer blow as early as the 12th minute when midfielder Adam Chambers went in on Richard Smallwood with a two-footed tackle which as we all know is well avoided these days. This effectively killed off the game as a contest and just after Boro took the lead through Emnes.

Manager Dean Smith sacrificed Claude Gnakpa and replaced him with Anton Peterlin. The visitors doubled their lead on 37 mins when the same player finished off from close range Saddlers held out until half time without anymore goals scored by a free-flowing side however it was worrying that they were making the extra man count.

Jon Macken didn't reappear after half time and he was replaced by Alex Nicholls. Just five minutes after the restart Emnes completed a hat trick from the spot after Hurst had tripped a Boro player. Walsall did keep plugging away but were no make for a well-organised Middlesbrough side.

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