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  • Date:18 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Banks's Stadium
  • Attendance:4,205
  • Brown (4) Cotterill (25)
    Bennett (55)

Live Commentary

92:23 +2.23

Foul by James Baxendale on Paul Quinn, free kick awarded. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.


Ben Purkiss fouled by Tommy Spurr, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Holden takes the direct free kick.


George Bowerman takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.


Will Grigg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe. Jamie McCombe restarts play with the free kick. (Doncaster) makes a substitution, with Robbie Blake coming on for Chris Brown.


The ball is swung over by James Coppinger, Chris Brown takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Cuvelier from the left by-line.


James Coppinger is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Bennett.


James Baxendale fouled by Martin Woods, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Florent Cuvelier.


Febian Brandy goes off and George Bowerman comes on.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Quinn on James Baxendale. Nicky Featherstone takes the direct free kick.


Dean Holden takes a shot.


Will Grigg challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Quinn takes the indirect free kick.


James Baxendale joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ashley Hemmings.


Febian Brandy on for Jamie Paterson.


Billy Paynter goes off and James Harper comes on.


Foul by James Chambers on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. Martin Woods takes the free kick.


Adam Chambers takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Woods.


Kyle Bennett finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-3 Doncaster.


David Cotterill shown a yellow card.


Ashley Hemmings decides to take a short corner.


Jamie Paterson takes a inswinging corner.


Florent Cuvelier produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

46:33 +1.33

Centre by Ben Purkiss,


Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brown on Nicky Featherstone. Booking for Chris Brown for unsporting behaviour. Corner taken left-footed by Jamie Paterson. Ashley Hemmings crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Foul by Florent Cuvelier on Rob Jones, free kick awarded. Tommy Spurr takes the free kick.


David Syers takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.


Will Grigg fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Shot from 12 yards by Florent Cuvelier. Blocked by Gary Woods.


David Cotterill decides to take the corner short.


David Cotterill delivers the ball.


Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, Header by Rob Jones from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.


Short corner taken by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line.


Corner taken short by Ashley Hemmings.


David Cotterill fires in a goal from long range high into the middle of the goal. Walsall 0-2 Doncaster.


Jamie Paterson decides to take a short corner.


Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Woods.


Jamie Paterson crosses the ball, blocked by Gary Woods.


Effort from outside the area by Florent Cuvelier goes wide right of the goal.


The referee blows for offside against Chris Brown. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.


Ashley Hemmings takes a short corner.


Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings from the left by-line. Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.


A goal is scored by Chris Brown from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Doncaster.Assist by Tommy Spurr.


Rob Jones goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.


Billy Paynter takes a shot.

Match Preview

Saddlers at full strength Walsall have a fully-fit squad to select from for their home clash against Doncaster. Midfielder Florent Cuvelier and striker Will Grigg have returned unscathed from midweek international duty with Belgium's Under-21 side and Northern Ireland's senior squad respectively. It means manager Dean Smith has a full compliment of players to select from as Walsall aim to start their league campaign on the right note. Confidence will be high in the Saddlers ranks following last weekend's 1-0 Capital One Cup triumph over Brentford, a result which saw the midlands club progress into the second round of the competition for the first time in six years. Ashley Hemmings bagged the only goal of the game and will be hoping to continue where he left off against a Rovers side relegated from the Championship last term. New signings Billy Paynter and Jamie McCombe will go straight into the Doncaster squad. Striker Paynter joined the club from Leeds on Wednesday, 24 hours after free agent McCombe. The duo's arrival took manager Dean Saunders' summer acquisitions up to seven - following defenders Rob Jones and Paul Quinn, midfielders David Syers and David Cotterill and forward Robbie Blake to the Keepmoat Stadium, all of who made their debuts in the penalty shoot-out win over York in the Capital One Cup last Saturday. Saunders will have everyone fit for the trip to the West Midlands apart from long-term absentees Neil Sullivan and Shelton Martis. The Rovers boss has confirmed that Gary Woods will begin the season in goal but he has not ruled out signing another goalkeeper. With Sullivan (thumb) out, Saunders has just Woods and rookie shot-stopper Jonathan Maxted available for selection. "I am assessing the goalkeeping department. In fact, I am looking at all positions and if I can improve any of them I will as I want competition for places all over," said Saunders. "We have got 17 players at the moment and we are going to get injuries and suspensions. We still won't be able to fill the bench on Saturday so we are hoping to recruit a couple more players as we are short. "Gary [Woods] is going to start the season so he has got the first bite of the cherry. He has got the shirt and if he plays well then he will stay in."

Formation:4411Manager: Dean Smith


Formation: 442Manager: Dean Saunders


  • David Grof
  • James Chambers
  • Dean Holden
  • Andy Butler
  • Ben Purkiss
  • Nicky Featherstone
  • Adam Chambers
  • Jamie Paterson
  • Ashley Hemmings
  • Florent Cuvelier
  • Will Grigg
  • SUBS
  • Febian Brandy
  • Jake Jones
  • George Bowerman
  • Malvind Benning
  • Paul Downing
  • James Baxendale
  • Jimmy Walker



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Walsall
  • VS
  • Doncaster

Last Meetings

  • Walsall
  • 1 - 1
  • Doncaster
  • 01/01/2008
  • Doncaster
  • 2 - 3
  • Walsall
  • 02/10/2007
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 0
  • Walsall
  • 17/04/2006
  • Walsall
  • 1 - 0
  • Doncaster
  • 22/10/2005
  • Walsall
  • 1 - 1
  • Doncaster
  • 01/01/2005
  • Doncaster
  • 3 - 1
  • Walsall
  • 04/09/2004

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