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15 September 2015

Vanessa Hamilton-Stephens' report from Walsall 2-0 Doncaster...

After a long anticipated wait, the Saddlers managed to pull through and capture the fans’ attention with an unseen win coming from Bradshaw himself, when up against Doncaster Rovers.

Tom Bradshaw scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season. With his first goal he rifled a volley into the roof of the net. Bradshaw then scored his second goal of the match by executing a kick over Stuckmann’s head into the right hand corner, making this game a devastating match for the Rovers.

“In terms of finishes, they’re probably the best two finishes of my career,” said Bradshaw.

While there were 3,735 home fans in the stadium, the Saddlers truly impressed in the second half of the match with their spectacular win, which occurred in the last four minutes of the game.

Smith said he felt a bit “sorry for them… you don’t always get what you deserve, but Toms scored two unbelievable goals.”

Smith highlighted his frustration within the game as he mentioned that “last week’s performance was better than this week’s”, however, overall he was a “lot happier with the result today” as the Saddlers have reached second in the league, due to the win.

Furthermore, due to the full attendance of the match with 4,127 people attending, Bradshaw’s techniques were really on show as he swiftly executed his shots.

A clean sheet for Neil Etheridge, the goalkeeper, who won man of the match.

In the first 10 minutes of the game, Etheridge saved a bicycle kick made by Coppinger, Doncaster’s captain.

12 minutes into the game and the Saddlers had a free kick 25-yards out, however, number 8 Sam Mantom’s free kick hit the wall.

Mantom was booked for a foul on 27 Cameron Stewart from Doncaster, within the first 25 minutes of the game.

Within the first 6 minutes of the second half O’Connor flicked a near-post header wide from Lalkovic’s corner.

86 minutes of the game and Sawyers’ long pass to Bradshaw, gave him the chance to kick an angled ball. However, it went wide of the far post.

As Tom Bradshaw is not only developing his goals but his playing techniques, the Saddlers are becoming a team to watch out for.

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