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Under-18s Report: Walsall 3-1 Bury

16 October 2017

Walsall Under-18s came from behind to secure all three points against visiting side Bury thanks to a brace from substitute Dylan Parker and a fine finish from Joe Cairns.

The visitors took the lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

Goalkeeper Brandon Ganley saw his sliced kick come straight back at him and Bury striker Callum Styles coolly finished with a deft lob over the onrushing keeper.

Despite being a goal down heading into the second half, Walsall came out the much better of the two sides and it was half-time substitute Parker who levelled things up just four minutes after the restart.

Following some shaky defending, the ball fell to the debutant just outside the six-yard box and his right-footed effort found the bottom corner.

And as the hour mark passed the substitute was at it again, this time controlling a fantastic cross from right-back Luke Little before turning his man, sending Bury goalkeeper Mark E.Williams the wrong way.

Just two minutes later and Walsall had wrapped the game up. A long diagonal ball from Alfie Bates found Cairns on the right-hand side. The forward breezed past his man before firing into the roof of the net.

Manager Graham Biggs was pleased with how his side performed throughout the game and he was delighted they got the result they deserved.

He said: “The second-half performance was really good and I didn’t think there was a great deal wrong with the performance in the first half.

“I thought we rushed too much in the first half. I don’t think we played enough football to warrant us being in the game.

“The goal sort of killed us off and over the duration of the season we have had a very soft underbelly of when we concede one goal, we tend to concede another.

"We have spoken about that over the last few weeks so I was delighted that we kept our heads in the game and that we didn’t concede another one.

“There was a belief within the whole squad that as long as we kept doing the right thing then we could get a result and we did which was even more pleasing.”

And Biggs also gave a special mention to debutant and goalscorer Parker but he insisted that the striker still has plenty to learn.

He continued: “I think Dylan is a natural goalscorer and I think he did really well with the goals and how he took them but he stills needs to learn what to do without the ball.

“Although we were in a comfortable position at 3-1, it is then about game understanding and knowing that they can’t get back into the game so it is about us stopping them scoring again.

“It is all about managing the game and over the course of the season I feel like we haven’t done that very well, but today I thought we managed the game properly so that was very pleasing.

“I was really pleased for Dylan to grab two goals on his debut so hopefully he goes on to do more.” 

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