EFL Cup - Second Round
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Walsall 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Milan Lalkovic
Milan Lalkovic has made five appearances for Walsall this season

League One side Walsall came from behind to beat Championship opponents Brighton and earn a League Cup tie with Chelsea.

Jake Forster-Caskey put the Seagulls ahead with a penalty after he had been fouled in the box by Paul Downing.

Milan Lalkovic equalised for the hosts before Brighton's Chris O'Grady blazed over the bar from the penalty spot.

Rico Henry then completed the Saddlers' comeback, as he fired in a left-footed shot from Romaine Sawyers' cross.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:

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Hughton on Walsall v Brighton

"I felt that we had some really good periods in the game. I can't remember a game for a while where we've had so much good possession breaking into their final third.

"We had ample opportunities and got into some great areas, but of course if you're not able to get that second goal, it's always going to put pressure on.

"Until we learn to kill off games, we're always going to make life difficult for ourselves."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 80mins
  • 6DowningSubstituted forPrestonat 58'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 14Henry
  • 15LalkovicBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCookat 76'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 7Chambers
  • 18Morris
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forSawyersat 62'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 10Sawyers
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook

Brighton

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 14Calderon
  • 26Rea
  • 5DunkBooked at 55mins
  • 23Rosenior
  • 24InceBooked at 67mins
  • 22HollaSubstituted forBaldockat 88'minutes
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 11O'GradySubstituted forHemedat 73'minutes
  • 15MurphySubstituted forLua Luaat 88'minutes
  • 20March

Substitutes

  • 4Hünemeier
  • 6Stephens
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Hemed
  • 13Stockdale
  • 28Chicksen
  • 30Lua Lua
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
2,968

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sam Baldock replaces Danny Holla.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jamie Murphy.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Rico Henry (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

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

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Glen Rea.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tommer Hemed replaces Chris O'Grady.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot is too high. Chris O'Grady should be disappointed.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by James O'Connor (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

Hand ball by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Reece Flanagan.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Glen Rea.

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