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YOUNG REPORTER: WALSALL 2-1 MILLWALL

3 October 2016

Scotia Smith's match report...

On a wet Black Country afternoon, Walsall met their London rivals looking for a much needed win. Both teams were near the bottom of the table and 3 points were vital. 

Walsall kicked off and the game started in a very cagey fashion. It suddenly came to life when a Millwall player hit Walsall’s crossbar with a free kick from inside his own half! 

The home team retaliated with a great move in the 17th minute involving Oztumer, Morris and Moussa and Jackson steered home the opening GOAL! 

However, the away side responded straight away and Onyedinma nodded in the equalizing GOAL! in the 21st minute. 

Both teams then had good chances to lead the game. Walsall’s best one was a long range effort from Morris and a follow up dink from Jackson in the 39th minute. Both were well saved by their keeper. 

Walsall started the second half superbly well. Early possession led to Moussa scoring our second GOAL! in the 49th minute. 

But Millwall didn’t give up and pushed forward with attack after attack. Etheridge became very busy in goal for Walsall but he was in great form again. He made a fantastic double save - diving at the forward’s feet and then tipping over a pile-driver from outside the box. 

Lots of subs came on as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes - Kouhyar, Makris and Kinsella for Walsall. 

Finally, after 4 minutes of extra time, the ref blew up and Walsall had won 3 precious points and moved up the table to 16th position. 

The manager was happy and relieved in the press conference afterwards. He stated: “There was a real hunger in the players to win…but we can get better.”

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