League One
DoncasterDoncaster Rovers1WalsallWalsall2
Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor's strike was only his fourth goal since joining Walsall in 2012

Walsall scored two goals in four minutes to defeat Doncaster and climb back into second place in League One.

Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair hit the top of the bar while Paul Downing headed against the woodwork for the Saddlers, both coming from corners.

Sam Manton beat two challenges to slam in Walsall's opener before Andy Taylor doubled the lead with a deflected shot.

An excellent curling effort from substitute Liam Mandeville gave Rovers hope but the visitors held firm.

On his return to Doncaster, the three points for Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll takes his side to within a point of leaders Burton Albion.

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"We got anxious in the first half and I said to them 'I know you want to get the three points but don't get too anxious with things, it'll come'.

"So half-time was really good for us. We wanted to make their back four defend a little bit more.

"Second half we did that and we were quite comfortable. Even at 0-0 I thought we were quite comfortable. To go 2-0 up was great."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 40Neal
  • 38AlcockSubstituted forLundat 82'minutes
  • 4McCullough
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 3Evina
  • 18Keegan
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMandevilleat 67'minutes
  • 29Middleton
  • 8ChaplowSubstituted forStewartat 67'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 10Gooch

Substitutes

  • 2Lund
  • 7Lecygne
  • 21Mandeville
  • 23Marosi
  • 27Stewart
  • 32Whitehouse
  • 34Davies

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Forde
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forHenryat 76'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,056

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Doncaster Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mitchell Lund (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Cameron Stewart (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mitchell Lund replaces Craig Alcock.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Walsall 2. Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers).