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Walsall 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Danny Graham's first-half double kept Blackburn top of League One as Rovers held off a Walsall fightback to win at the Banks's Stadium.

Rovers led in the 17th minute as Adam Armstrong did superbly to control Elliott Bennett's over-hit cross and his low ball into the six-yard box was tucked home by Graham.

Walsall almost levelled two minutes later but George Dobson's 18-yard strike was cleared off the line by Darragh Lenihan.

Graham doubled Blackburn's lead after 26 minutes, stooping to head home Jack Payne's knockdown from Bennett's cross.

Rovers could have had more as Graham steered another Bennett cross wide and Armstrong flashed a fierce strike onto the crossbar from an acute angle.

But Walsall were back in it in the 45th minute as Rovers goalkeeper David Raya flapped at a corner and Joe Edwards' driven effort was hooked home from close range by Jack Fitzwater.

Raya atoned for his error with two superb second-half stops, tipping over Erhun Oztumer's 25-yard free-kick and rushing out to deny Saddlers substitute Julien Ngoy one-on-one as Blackburn clung on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forKouhyarat 67'minutes
  • 4DobsonBooked at 85mins
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 16ShaibuSubstituted forNgoyat 64'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Ngoy
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 29EvansSubstituted forAntonssonat 66'minutes
  • 6Smallwood
  • 31Bennett
  • 19PayneSubstituted forBellat 79'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forSamuelat 62'minutes
  • 18Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 9Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 16Caddis
  • 17Bell
  • 20Antonsson
  • 25Downing
  • 38Nuttall
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
6,893

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Marcus Antonsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Julien Ngoy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Julien Ngoy (Walsall).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Booking

George Dobson (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

Marcus Antonsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Amari'i Bell replaces Jack Payne.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

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

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

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Maz Kouhyar (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Maz Kouhyar replaces Joe Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marcus Antonsson replaces Corry Evans.

Delay in match Joe Edwards (Walsall) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julien Ngoy replaces Justin Shaibu.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel replaces Danny Graham.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackburn34209562332969
2Shrewsbury34208645261968
3Wigan31206557183966
4Rotherham341951058391962
5Scunthorpe351512851391257
6Plymouth35158124342153
7Charlton33149104341251
8Bradford34155144851-350
9Portsmouth35154164244-249
10Peterborough331211105143847
11Gillingham351113113939046
12Bristol Rovers34144164952-346
13Southend33128134251-944
14Doncaster351012134344-142
15Oxford Utd34119144951-242
16Blackpool341012124244-242
17Walsall331011124347-441
18Wimbledon34108163443-938
19Northampton35108173456-2238
20Fleetwood34107174556-1137
21Oldham3399154658-1236
22MK Dons34711163247-1532
23Bury3478192850-2229
24Rochdale30511142941-1226
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