Saddlers Win Five Goal Thriller Against Blades
7th March 2012
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The Super Saddlers recorded a 3-2 victory over high-flying Sheffield United at the Banks's Stadium to send their fans home very happy. All the goals came in an amazing second half in a game that will be talked about for a long time. Walsall included in their line up Sam Mantom, a young midfielder signed on loan from West Bromwich Albion. Walsall's first shot came in the 6th minute when George Bowerman nodded on to Kevan Hurst who shot wide.

Most of the first half was pretty even with both sides looking to attack without too much to worry either goalkeeper however in the 36th minute David Grof was called upon to collect from United's Ched Evans. There was a blow for Saddlers in the 40th minute when Richard Taundry had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Lee Beevers. Youngster Jamie Patterson was also struggling with a knock but was able to continue.

Patterson could not run his injury off and on 48 minutes was replaced by Alex Nicholls. The deadlock was broken on 55 minutes and what a goal it was. From a well worked corner Sam Mantom smashed the ball into the top corner of the net to send the home fans wild. 10 minutes later however The Blades were on level terms as Lee Williamson was allowed to break free and hit the ball past Grof.

It only took Walsall eight minutes to regain the lead thanks to Jon Macken who took a touch and blasted the ball home. Amazingly thee minutes later the visitors clawed themselves back in it when Evans was allowed plenty of time to pick his spot. Walsall were not to be denied victory when Alex Nicholls rose to plant a perfect header into the corner of the net. United really piled on the pressure in the final stages but Walsall held firm for a great victory.


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