Walsall got a terrific 2-1 victory at high-flying Doncaster Rovers to make it eight wins out of their last ten games. It was another fine spirtited performance by The Saddlers who got their revenge on Rovers 3-0 opening day win at Bescot playing some good football and rock-solid defending when they had to. Walsall had lost assistant manager David Kelly after just eight days and one game to Nottingham Forest so youth manager Neil Woods joined manager Dean Smith in the dug outs.
Walsall got off to the best possible start. After just 70 seconds captain Andy Butler headed home from close range. It was just the boost they needed and competed well but suffered a setback when Billy Paynter fired the home side back on level terms. Things were pretty even after that in the first half and got to half time without conceding again.
Rovers looked a lot more dangerous after the break and hit the bar through David Cotterill. Dean Smith introduced Craig Westcarr to beef things up a bit and Rovers were finding it hard to keep tabs on him and Febian Brandy as Walsall got more into the game. With just 10 minutes to go Brandy burst through and scored a wonderful individual goal. The Saddlers continued to drive forward and could have scored a couple more. As it turned out, everyone was happy with a win.
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