The FA Cup

Brentford 0-1 Walsall

FA Cup: Brentford 0-1 Walsall highlights

Sam Mantom's excellent strike saw League One Walsall eliminate former manager Dean Smith's Brentford from the FA Cup at the third-round stage.

Mantom curled home a low left-footed drive just after the half-hour mark.

Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge produced a number of good saves, while Brentford's James O'Connor hit the inside of a post late on.

Smith has won only three of his eight games since he took charge of Championship Brentford in November.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith:

"In the second half we were a lot better, but we didn't take our chances so I might look back at the team selection, but I have to have the bigger picture in mind.

"With games on Tuesday and Friday only time will tell if I made the right decision."

Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll:

"I don't know quite how Sam Mantom managed to do it from that angle but it was a beautiful strike.

"The most important thing is that this was a good reaction after the home defeat to Rochdale.

"We got a goal and something to hang on to but we were grateful to our keeper for several excellent saves in the end.

We were dangerous in the first half and I was pleased that we picked our moments to break or keep the ball."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6Dean
  • 22O'Connell
  • 3Bidwell
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forJudgeat 45'minutes
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 60'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 47Canos
  • 19Swift
  • 11HofmannSubstituted forDjuricinat 70'minutes


  • 7Saunders
  • 8Djuricin
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 18Judge
  • 24Gogia
  • 29Barbet


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 27Evans
  • 14HenrySubstituted forTaylorat 75'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 7Chambers
  • 8MantomBooked at 67mins
  • 22Kinsella
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 76'minutes
  • 9BradshawBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMorrisat 86'minutes


  • 3Taylor
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
Andy Davies

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamWalsall
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    Match ends, Brentford 0, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John Swift (Brentford).

  4. Post update

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

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    Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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    James O'Connor (Walsall) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the box.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Button.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Evans (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Tom Bradshaw.

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    Attempt saved. John Swift (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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    Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marco Djuricin (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Andy Taylor replaces Rico Henry.