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Walsall 4-2 Doncaster Rovers

Joe Edwards scored twice in two first-half minutes to set Walsall on the way to victory over out-of-form Doncaster.

Walsall went ahead in the 22nd minutes when Nicky Devlin's cross was met by a looping Edwards header from 10 yards that found the top corner.

Edwards doubled the advantage two minutes later, running on to Justin Shaibu's pull-back and stroking low into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

It was game over in first-half stoppage-time as Kieron Morris pounced on hesitant Doncaster defending to lash a fine strike across keeper Ian Lawlor.

Walsall made it 4-0 in the 71st minute as substitute Amadou Bakayoko beat the onrushing Lawlor to poke home Erhun Oztumer's through ball from the edge of the box.

Doncaster pulled one back in the 87th minute as captain Tommy Rowe drove into the area before drilling between the legs of Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

Rovers added a second in stoppage time when Niall Mason scored from the spot after a Devlin push on Andy Boyle, but they are now without a win in eight league games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 11Morris
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Dobson
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forCuvelierat 82'minutes
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forNgoyat 78'minutes
  • 16ShaibuSubstituted forBakayokoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 15Kinsella
  • 18Ngoy
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 4McCulloughSubstituted forMasonat 61'minutes
  • 18Anderson
  • 24Boyle
  • 16Houghton
  • 17BlairSubstituted forKiwomyaat 61'minutes
  • 7KongoloSubstituted forCoppingerat 52'minutes
  • 12Whiteman
  • 10Rowe
  • 9Marquis
  • 22Beestin

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 8Mason
  • 13Marosi
  • 19May
  • 20Garratt
  • 23Kiwomya
  • 26Coppinger
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
3,514

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 4, Doncaster Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 4, Doncaster Rovers 2.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

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

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 4, Doncaster Rovers 2. Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Doncaster Rovers. Andrew Boyle draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Nicky Devlin (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 4, Doncaster Rovers 1. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfie Beestin.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Julien Ngoy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Joe Edwards.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julien Ngoy replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Alfie Beestin (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by George Dobson.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Boyle (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by George Dobson.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 4, Doncaster Rovers 0. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by George Dobson.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nicky Devlin (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Houghton.

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

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury31197542241864
2Wigan30196556183863
3Blackburn32189558322663
4Rotherham321751055381756
5Scunthorpe331510848361255
6Bradford33155134850-250
7Charlton3113994138348
8Plymouth33138124142-147
9Portsmouth32144143938146
10Peterborough31129104941845
11Bristol Rovers32143154850-245
12Gillingham321111103736144
13Oxford Utd32118134950-141
14Southend32118133950-1141
15Walsall311010114245-340
16Doncaster33912123942-339
17Blackpool32911123943-438
18Fleetwood31106154350-736
19Oldham3399154658-1236
20Northampton33106173254-2236
21Wimbledon3297163242-1034
22MK Dons3179153044-1430
23Bury3268182647-2126
24Rochdale28510132940-1125
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