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Walsall 2-1 Coventry City

Tom Bradshaw
Tom Bradshaw (r) gave Walsall a 2-0 lead just after half-time

Walsall ended Coventry's 100% start to the season, climbing to second in League One with a goal in each half.

Walsall led on 40 minutes when Milan Lalkovic threaded in Anthony Forde to fire home from inside the box.

The Saddlers went 2-0 up seven minutes after the break through Tom Bradshaw's sweet strike into the bottom corner.

Coventry quickly got one back with on-loan Norwich striker Jacob Murphy's spectacular 25-yard curler into the top corner, but it was not enough.

Bubbling Bradshaw among the goals again
Tom Bradshaw, Walsall's top scorer last season with 20 goals in all competitions, has already struck five times in as many games this season.

In fact, the home side came close to extending their lead 10 minutes from time when defender Andy Taylor's powerful effort from 20 yards shaved the post.

The Sky Blues had been handicapped by an early injury blow when 18-year-old striker James Maddison had to be substituted by Murphy after just four minutes, having suffered a leg injury stretching into a challenge.

Murphy had his sweeping shot from the left superbly saved one-handed by Saddlers keeper Neil Etheridge, but the home side were mainly on top.

Skipper Sam Ricketts was forced to clear off his own line, while Lalkovic's shot from an acute angle bounced off the woodwork.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We just have to keep our feet on the floor, and take one game at a time.

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Smith on Walsall v Coventry

"Milan (Lalkovic) was nailed on for this game, he loves playing in this kind of atmosphere as we have all seen before.

"Anthony Forde has been doing really well in training and when he's come on in games.

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"Too many underperformed from the standard they have set themselves. We lost some poor goals and weren't as fluent as we have been. I'm disappointed for the fans who turned out in huge numbers yet again.

"I'm conscious of trying not to make excuses, but we had three or four players carrying injuries. The positive is that, over the next few games, we have breathers in between matches.

"We know there's going to be some adversity along the way. We can't just keep winning every game: a defeat was coming. The strength of any team is how we bounce back from a defeat."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forCookat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Sawyers
  • 12FordeSubstituted forMorrisat 66'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisSubstituted forPhillipsat 53'minutes
  • 5Johnson
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 65mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 8Lameiras
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forMurphyat 7'minutes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 12Morris
  • 17Phillips
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Martin
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 25Murphy
  • 27Thomas
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
7,176

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Coventry City 1.

Foul by Chris Stokes (Coventry City).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

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

Hand ball by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) hits the right post with a left footed shot from long range on the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Coventry City).

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

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

Attempt missed. Reda Johnson (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Coventry City 1. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Downing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham431092710
2Walsall431073410
3Coventry430110469
4Sheff Utd43017529
5Burton43016429
6Swindon42209548
7Fleetwood42119547
8Rochdale42115237
9Chesterfield42115417
10Barnsley42115507
11Port Vale41306336
12Oldham41303216
13Wigan411234-14
14Scunthorpe411235-24
15Millwall411248-44
16Bury4031910-13
17Doncaster403114-33
18Peterborough410348-43
19Shrewsbury402246-22
20Crewe402258-32
21Southend402214-32
22Bradford402237-42
23Colchester402238-52
24Blackpool401338-51
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