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Notts County 1-5 Walsall

Febian Brandy

Febian Brandy scored a first-half hat-trick as Walsall hammered struggling Notts County to move into the top six.

The winger rounded County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to register his first goal since

He then finished off a swift counter-attack before nodding in a Craig Westcarr cross to complete his treble.

Andy Butler headed in and Westcarr latched onto a long ball for 5-0 before Callum McGregor's consolation.

The midfielder, who for a second time on Friday, found the net for the 13th time this season with a free-kick.

But it did little to lift the Meadow Lane crowd on an extremely disappointing day for Shaun Derry's side, who are only being kept out of League One's relegation zone by a single point.

Victory for the Saddlers, who scored five goals in a match for the first time since beating Hartlepool 5-2 in March 2011, saw Dean Smith's men move above Peterborough into sixth position.

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Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's unacceptable. As a group of guys we're hurting and we've had a chat and now I'm looking for a reaction.

"We've come a long way in a short space of time but this does feel like a huge backwards step.

"Ultimately we get judged on what we do on a Saturday afternoon. I'm not going to stand here and make excuses and I deserve the flak as much as anybody else."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 24Freeman
  • 3SheehanBooked at 90mins
  • 28BoucaudBooked at 41mins
  • 5Smith
  • 6LeacockSubstituted forTempestat 69'minutes
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forBallat 56'minutes
  • 22Fotheringham
  • 9ShowunmiSubstituted forAppiahat 45'minutes
  • 7Grealish
  • 8McGregor

Substitutes

  • 10Haynes
  • 15Appiah
  • 21Thompson
  • 25Tempest
  • 26Hollis
  • 35Pilkington
  • 38Ball

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forPurkissat 71'minutes
  • 14Benning
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 55'minutes
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 25Sawyers
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 29BrandySubstituted forBaxendaleat 76'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
5,701

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home7
Away13
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Notts County 1, Walsall 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Walsall 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Booking

    Alan Sheehan (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Andre Boucaud (Notts County).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Manny Smith.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Greg Tempest.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Ball (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford27185447252259
2Leyton Orient26176356243257
3Wolves27167444202455
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham27129647361145
6Walsall28129735251045
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon27124114537840
9Port Vale26123113739-239
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2895143647-1132
15Crawley2571082934-531
16Oldham2786133238-630
17Tranmere2777133048-1828
18Notts County2983183748-1127
19Carlisle2676132847-1927
20Crewe2876152754-2727
21Sheff Utd2668122635-926
22Shrewsbury2868142738-1126
23Bristol City26412103742-524
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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