EFL Cup - First Round
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Nottingham Forest 3-4 Walsall

Walsall's hat-trick hero Tom Bradshaw holds off the challenge of Forest's Eric Lichaj
Tom Bradshaw scored twice in a frantic three-minute spell in the first half

Tom Bradshaw's hat-trick earned League One side Walsall a shock win over Nottingham Forest in an incredible Capital One Cup first-round tie.

Bradshaw scored two quick first-half goals but Tyler Walker - son of former Forest defender Des - made it 2-1 with a tap-in before half-time.

Romaine Sawyers fired home Walsall's third with 11 minutes remaining.

Forest substitute Michail Antonio's double seemed to have forced extra-time but a Bradshaw penalty secured victory.

Antonio smashed home his first from 25 yards with nine minutes to go after a fine run and then backheeled the equaliser in the 90th minute.

Forest's Walsall woes
Nottingham Forest have now not beaten Walsall in their last 12 matches

But Bradshaw was felled by Kelvin Wilson in the fifth minute of injury-time and then netted from the spot to dump the Championship side out of the competition.

Bradshaw's close-range early double had put Walsall in control against a lacklustre home side, both goals coming from breaks down Forest's left-hand side.

A change of formation saw the hosts drop their diamond formation for a more regular 4-4-2 and the improvement saw Walker mark his full debut with a goal when he slid the ball home from a yard.

Walsall regained their composure after the break and, when Sawyers smashed in a third away goal, the win looked a formality.

Antonio then struck back but Bradshaw's calm spot-kick ensured an upset.

Tyler Walker scored for Forest against Walsall
Tyler Walker's first-half goal was his first at home for Forest and came in his full debut
Romaine Sawyers scores for Walsall against Forest
Romaine Sawyers scored his second goal in two games to put Walsall 3-1 ahead

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "I've finally reached the end of my tether [with some of the players]. I am bitterly disappointed.

"There is a lack of individual desire at the moment to keep the ball out of the back of the net and it has cost us once again. It is very difficult to concede four goals and win a match.

"There has got to be changes in personnel, simple as that."

Walsall hat-trick hero Tom Bradshaw: "I knew it was going in. The last penalty I took, in pre-season, hit a post - I thought to myself 'you can't miss two in a row' and luckily it went in.

"For Forest to score those late goals, it was hard to take, but I think it showed the character of the lads to come back and score the winner.

"You saw the passion from the players and it was a great team performance."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 6Wilson
  • 25HobbsBooked at 11mins
  • 13Fox
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forBurkeat 78'minutes
  • 4MancienneBooked at 75mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 19WardSubstituted forAntonioat 78'minutes
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forBlackstockat 71'minutes
  • 34Walker

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 10Lansbury
  • 18Antonio
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 35Burke
  • 37Grant

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 83mins
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 14Henry
  • 17Flanagan
  • 8Mantom
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forSawyersat 54'minutes
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forCookat 84'minutes
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 73'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 10Sawyers
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
5,237

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Walsall 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Walsall 4.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Walsall 4. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Walsall. Tom Bradshaw draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Walsall 3. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Rico Henry.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Attempt missed. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Kieron Morris.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Walsall 3. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Walsall 3. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Michail Antonio replaces Jamie Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces Chris Burke.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Jamie Paterson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

(Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Adam Chambers because of an injury.

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