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AUGUST 2012

1 September 2012

Plenty of positives in opening month...

THE 2012/13 campaign kicked off in rather unusual fashion with a Capital One Cup tie as we played host to Brentford.

In what was an evenly-matched encounter, the new-look Saddlers earned our passage into the next round courtesy of a debut goal from Ashley Hemmings.

League action began seven days later as newly-relegated Doncaster Rovers provided our first opposition.

The visitors grabbed an early lead and despite Walsall proceeding to get on top and play some neat football, a rather fortunate second goal which sailed past David Grof from distance, gave us a mountain to climb.

Despite the set-back we continued to pass the ball around but Rovers added a third goal in the second half to give the final scoreline a rather flattering look.

We were on the road three days later with a trip to Oldham Athletic.

In what was a game of two halves, our hosts found themselves on top for large periods of the first half and duly took the lead before The Saddlers enjoyed the better of things after the break.

Substitute, George Bowerman came off the bench to grab us a deserved share of the spoils as he seized upon a loose back-pass.

First-year professional, Aaron Williams was given his first senior outing during the second half and gave a good account of himself.

Another road trip, this time to Notts County, saw both sides attempt to play a passing game during an afternoon where sunshine and showers was the order of the day.

The Saddlers were stubborn in defence and then went on to snatch a winner with ten minutes to go when Andy Butler guided the ball past the goalkeeper from a Ben Purkiss free-kick.

We were back on Capital One Cup duty with a second round clash at Premier League, Queens Park Rangers.

The big-spenders fielded a full strength line-up and came up against a Walsall side that looked to pass the ball around sharply.

An impressive first half display saw us create a number of chances but in the end Rangers' extra quality came through and saw them secure a rather flattering 3-0 victory.

Nevertheless there were plenty of positives to come out of the game, and indeed the month of August, for Walsall.

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