Walsall were chasing their third victory in a week with the visit of Rotherham United to Bescot but it was never going to be easy against a team well drilled by manager Steve Evans who had guided his tean from League Two last season and were in fourth position going into this game. Walsall manager made two changes from the team who won at Wolves last outing. He rested Ashley Hemmings and Craig Westcarr and drafted in Romaine Sawyers and James Baxendale. The Millers had certainly come to stop and stiffle Walsall and did an excellent job on marking their men for the most part.
The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute and it was a disappointing goal for Walsall to concede from the Walsall perspective. The ball was allowed to reach Daniel Nardiniello and the in-form striker had the simple task to nod home. The blow didn't really bother the Saddlers who stood to their task and drew level just ten minutes later through a first goal of the season for midfielder Sam Mantom whose drive was deflected into the net.
The game thereafter was mainly the two sides cancelling each other out. There were the occasional chances for both sides but the action was halted by the pairs of centre halves with Walsall's Andy Butler again dominating the box. So seven out of nine points from the three matches is a good return as Walsall hover around the play off area at this stage of the season and a real test is up next game with a visit to Leyton Orient who have won all their games so far this season.
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