Walsall loanee Sam Mantom relishes a goalscoring debut

Sam Mantom
Mantom's goal was his first in the Football League

Walsall new boy Sam Mantom says he could hardly have hoped for a better debut after scoring in the 3-2 League One win over Sheffield United.

The 20-year-old from Stourbridge had only agreed to a loan move from West Brom on Monday, before cracking home a free kick 24 hours later.

"I'm absolutely delighted with that, on my debut as well," Mantom told BBC WM.

"I hit the post at Oldham when I was there, but I couldn't have hit this one any sweeter."

The Black Country youngster met his new team-mates for the first time on the morning of the game but revealed that they still had time to work on the set-piece that gave the Saddlers the lead against United.

"Well, we quickly did it this morning, quickly went over them because I hadn't a clue what was going on," the former Tranmere loanee noted.

"I didn't quite score them, we scored from one or two on the rebound, but they didn't fly into the top corner like this one did."

Mantom's first-team chances at the Hawthorns have so far been limited to the Carling Cup, so he is eager to seize upon this chance to catch the eye at the Banks's Stadium.

"I just want to get a good solid month under my belt, then if they want to extend it then I'll extend it.

"Then I want to go back to West Brom and tell the manager I've done well and I'm ready for the first team next year. It's good to get away just to get some games.

"I was sitting on the sofa at six o'clock last night thinking I'm going training tomorrow with the West Brom boys, then you get a phone call off your agent to say Walsall want to talk to you. It's been very hectic."

The victory over the Blades took the Saddlers back out of the League One relegation positions ahead of this weekend's home game with Hartlepool.

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