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Walsall 2-0 Peterborough United

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Banks's Stadium
Milan Lalkovic

Walsall struck in each half to see off third-placed Peterborough and earn their first points in three matches.

On-loan Chelsea winger Milan Lalkovic's run and low right-foot curling shot gave the Saddlers a 26th-minute lead.

Romaine Sawyers then added a deserved second on 69 minutes when he fired home left-footed from 15 yards.

Posh had Sean Brisley sent off for a second booking before Walsall missed a late penalty when Ashley Hemmings' weak kick was saved by Bobby Olejnik.

Brisley, already booked for a foul on Craig Westcarr, went for a clumsy challenge on the lively Lalkovic, his second bookable offence, as Posh succumbed to a third straight League One defeat.

After Posh full-back Craig Alcock's fierce shot was tipped onto the bar by home keeper Richard O'Donnell, the Saddlers then went close when centre-half Paul Downing's toe poke was denied at close range by Olejnik.

But former Aston Villa trainee Olejnik was left powerless when, having just swapped to the left side, Lalkovic weaved his way in from the flank to slip a neat finish under him.

Walsall top scorer Westcarr should have made it two after the break when he fired straight at the keeper after being set free by a poor backpass from Grant McCann, while home centre-half Downing had a header cleared off the line by Posh striker Britt Assombalonga.

The disappointing visitors were nearly let in but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could not take advantage of another loosely-hit backpass by Andy Taylor.

Instead, the sparkling Saddlers went up the other end to wrap up victory - and a rise of four places back up the table to seventh.

Lalkovic set up Sawyers, who should immediately have added a second when he too was sent clear by the third comically underhit backpass of the night.

But the best chance for a Walsall third came in the final minute of normal time when Posh sub Gabriel Zakuani was adjudged to have fouled Downing in the box, Olejnik going low to his left to keep out sub Hemmings' feebly struck left-foot penalty.


Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"It was a good pass and move then an excellent finish from Milan Lalkovic to get us going and we never looked back from that.

"The only thing missing was that we could have scored a few more.

"Our aim at the start of the season was to be competitive in every game but, if we keep playing like that, we'll beat anyone.

"We actually feel a little bit disappointed with our points return, given how consistently well we've played, but this is a tough league."

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It's very rare when you get a game in which every player on the other team are better than yours. But you have to give credit to the opposition. Walsall are a good team.

"Sean Brisley's challenge was silly at that stage of the game when he'd already been booked. That's four red cards we've had now which does not make it any easier.

"But, once we'd gone down to 10 men, we were lucky not to get beat by more.

"We've hit a blip and it's up to me to do what I can to get our form back but there will certainly be changes. I know what I really want to do but it's just disappointing that we can't do anything about it until January."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forHemmingsat 84'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forHewittat 89'minutes
  • 25Sawyers
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 85'minutes


  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31LittleBooked at 71mins
  • 3NtlheSubstituted forKearnsat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 2Alcock
  • 4BrisleyBooked at 77mins
  • 6Bostwick
  • 22Ephraim
  • 8Payne
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forZakuaniat 82'minutes
  • 11McCannSubstituted forBarnettat 58'minutes


  • 5Zakuani
  • 7Swanson
  • 12Vassell
  • 13Day
  • 16Kearns
  • 23Barnett
  • 36Jeffers
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Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPeterborough
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Peterborough United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Peterborough United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Hemmings.

  5. Post update

    Penalty saved! Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Walsall. Paul Downing draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Craig Westcarr.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces James Baxendale.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Gabriel Zakuani replaces Britt Assombalonga.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Westcarr.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Sean Brisley (Peterborough United) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 18th November 2013

As It Stood

2Leyton Orient16122236132338
10Port Vale167272425-123
11MK Dons156452420422
19Bristol City162862428-414
23Sheff Utd1633101425-1112
24Notts County1631121730-1310
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