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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Walsall

Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor's strike was only his fourth goal since joining Walsall in 2012

Walsall scored two goals in four minutes to defeat Doncaster and climb back into second place in League One.

Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair hit the top of the bar while Paul Downing headed against the woodwork for the Saddlers, both coming from corners.

Sam Manton beat two challenges to slam in Walsall's opener before Andy Taylor doubled the lead with a deflected shot.

An excellent curling effort from substitute Liam Mandeville gave Rovers hope but the visitors held firm.

On his return to Doncaster, the three points for Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll takes his side to within a point of leaders Burton Albion.

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O'Driscoll on Doncaster v Walsall

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"We got anxious in the first half and I said to them 'I know you want to get the three points but don't get too anxious with things, it'll come'.

"So half-time was really good for us. We wanted to make their back four defend a little bit more.

"Second half we did that and we were quite comfortable. Even at 0-0 I thought we were quite comfortable. To go 2-0 up was great."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 40Neal
  • 38AlcockSubstituted forLundat 82'minutes
  • 4McCullough
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 3Evina
  • 18Keegan
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMandevilleat 67'minutes
  • 29Middleton
  • 8ChaplowSubstituted forStewartat 67'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 10Gooch

Substitutes

  • 2Lund
  • 7Lecygne
  • 21Mandeville
  • 23Marosi
  • 27Stewart
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 34Davies

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Forde
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forHenryat 76'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,056

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Mitchell Lund (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Cameron Stewart (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mitchell Lund replaces Craig Alcock.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2. Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Cedric Evina (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Cameron Stewart replaces Richard Chaplow.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Liam Mandeville replaces James Coppinger.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Walsall 2. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

Attempt blocked. Lynden Gooch (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 0, Walsall 1. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers 0, Walsall 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Walsall 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton28183737231457
2Walsall28168447272056
3Gillingham29166755361954
4Wigan291410548291952
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall28135104438644
7Southend2812883835344
8Port Vale30127113435-143
9Sheff Utd2811984539642
10Peterborough281251153411241
11Bradford2711882829-141
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale27107103737037
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon29105144247-535
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2893163848-1030
20Shrewsbury2985163449-1529
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Oldham27412112740-1324
23Crewe2858152850-2223
24Colchester2857163665-2922
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