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19:45 18th November 2013


THE SADDLERS stepped out in front of the live Sky Sports cameras for this Monday night visit of Peterborough United.

With five minutes on the clock, some neat build-up inside the area ended with Craig Westcarr feeding Romaine Sawyers who fired just over.

The visitors went close when a long-range strike from Craig Alcock struck the crossbar from distance as Richard O'Donnell appeared to get a slight touch on the ball.

In the tenth minute, Westcarr is alert to a loose ball to hit a strike that the 'keeper saves well.

The Saddlers took the lead in the 26th minute when a superb run by Milan Lalkovic saw him cut in from the left and slot the ball home beyond the 'keeper.

The on-loan Chelsea man has the bit between his teeth as another pacy run causes the visitors problems moments later.

A free-kick for the visitors is cleared for a corner, which is claimed by O'Donnell.

HALF-TIME: Walsall 1 Peterborough United 0

The Saddlers playing some decent early football in the second period and winning a couple of free-kicks in promising positions which ultimately came to nothing.

There was a great chance for Westcarr who picked up a poor back-pass on 55 minutes only to be thwarted by a vital block from the 'keeper.

The Saddlers had a header cleared off the line as Andy Butler sweetly met a corner. It was a let-off for The Posh.

The lead was doubled on 69 minutes when Lalkovic did well to feed Romaine Sawyers who fired home sweetly to give the 'keeper no chance and make it 2-0.

Another poor back-pass from the visitors gifts Sawyers a chance but he tries a chip and fails to get enough on it.

Walsall are playing with real purpose and energy here in front of the live television cameras.

The Posh were reduced to ten men on 77 minutes when Shaun Brisley received a second yellow card for a foul on the marauding Lalkovic right in front of the referee.

The Saddlers playing with purpose and energy as our visitors simply have no answer.

With six minutes to go, Lalkovic and Baxendale replaced by Hemmings and Gray respectively. Both players given a deserved round of applause as they leave the field.

There was a change as Hewitt replaced Westcarr.

Moments later, a penalty for Walsall saw Ashley Hemmings have his spot-kick saved as the 'keeper guessed the right way.

The final action saw hesitation in The Posh defence as Taylor fired in a low strike that was deflected wide.

It was a fully deserved win for a slick and energetic Saddlers.

FULL-TIME: Walsall 2 Peterborough United 0


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