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Previous Meeting: Walsall 3-0 Doncaster

14 September 2018

Ahead of tomorrow's match against Doncaster, Joshua Bunting takes a look at a previous meeting between the two sides...

This clash came in 2014 as James Baxendale came back to haunt his old club at the Bescot Stadium. 

Baxendale scored a brilliant opening goal and had a big hand in the second as the Saddlers recorded their second successive home win with another three goals.

Defences were on top for most of the first half, Tom Bradshaw having a shot charged down for the Saddlers and Rovers' Harry Forrester hammering an effort well off target in the 16th minute.

Rovers had to replace keeper Jed Steer with Marko Marosi in the 30th minute after a collision with Andy Butler.

Walsall made the breakthrough in the second minute of stoppage time. Andy Taylor slipped a quick free-kick to Romaine Sawyers who played it first time to Baxendale and the midfielder darted into the box to fire a left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

Baxendale then found Sawyers with a great pass in the 57th minute and his low cross was driven home by Tom Bradshaw for his fifth goal of the season.

Former Wolves winger Anthony Ford then hit the third on 64 minutes with a free-kick which went in off the post.

The Saddlers edged possession with 51% compared to Rovers' 49%, while Walsall marginally had more shots on target with 13 to the visitors' eight.


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