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Walsall   2 - 1   Brentford

Walsall 2-1 Brentford

Walsall 2-1 Brentford

Troy Deeney headed his 11th goal of the season in the 85th minute as Walsall came from behind to beat Brentford and earn a first win in seven home matches.

The Bees grabbed the opening goal when Mark Phillips's strike found Charlie MacDonald, who controlled and finished.

But the Saddlers deservedly drew level when Alex Nicholls fired home after good work from Darren Byfield.

And after home keeper Clayton had saved Ben Strevens's volley, Deeney dove to head in Nicholls's cross to win it.


Brentford boss Andy Scott told BBC London 94.9:

"It wasn't the fact that we got caught on a break, it's the fact that we gave them the ball to break us.

"It's not a great pitch. A lot of pitches in this league with the weather that we've had are poor, but they played the pitch better.

"I must have said the same thing a million times - if you don't stick to what you do, you get beaten.

"Naivety has cost us."

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Walsall 2-1 Brentford FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Nicholls 35
  • Deeney 84
  • MacDonald 17

Walsall

  • 01 Ince
  • 14 Taundry
  • 16 Westlake (Smith 46 yellow card)
  • 19 Vincent
  • 28 McDonald yellow card
  • 08 Mattis (Bradley 52)
  • 20 Richards
  • 24 Gray
  • 10 Deeney yellow card
  • 11 Nicholls
  • 27 Byfield

Substitutes

  • 21 Gilmartin,
  • 03 Sansara,
  • 05 Hughes,
  • 06 Smith,
  • 12 Bradley,
  • 15 O'Keefe,
  • 07 Jones

Brentford

  • 53 Szczesny
  • 05 Phillips
  • 14 Foster
  • 23 Smith yellow card
  • 32 Leon Legge (Cort 88)
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 07 Saunders (Ainsworth 83)
  • 11 Weston
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 18 Strevens

Substitutes

  • 01 Price,
  • 04 Bean,
  • 22 Osborne,
  • 13 Hunt,
  • 16 Wood,
  • 17 Ainsworth,
  • 09 Cort
Ref: MossAtt: 3,616
WALSALL
BRENTFORD

Possession

  • Walsall 49%
  • Brentford 51%

Attempts on target

  • Walsall 6
  • Brentford 5

Attempts off target

  • Walsall 6
  • Brentford 5

Corners

  • Walsall 4
  • Brentford 5

Fouls

  • Walsall 7
  • Brentford 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:50 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:51 Booking Emmanuele Smith goes into the book for dissent.
  • 88:47 Emmanuele Smith takes the free kick.
  • 88:47 Booking Tommy Smith is cautioned.
  • 88:26 Tommy Smith challenges Alex Nicholls unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 87:46 Substitution (Brentford) makes a substitution, with Carl Cort coming on for Leon Legge.
  • 85:23 The referee blows for offside against Ben Strevens. Indirect free kick taken by Clayton Ince.
  • 83:20 Assist on the goal came from Alex Nicholls.
  • 83:20 GOAL - Troy DeeneyWalsall 2 - 1 Brentford Troy Deeney grabs a headed goal from close range. Walsall 2-1 Brentford.
  • 82:26 Substitution Lionel Ainsworth replaces Sam Saunders.
  • 78:26 Tommy Smith takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:26 Booking Troy Deeney is cautioned.
  • 77:58 Troy Deeney challenges Mark Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 75:33 The official flags Darren Byfield offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:42 Alex Nicholls produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 72:53 Mark Phillips takes the free kick.
  • 72:53 Booking Clayton McDonald is booked.
  • 72:39 Clayton McDonald challenges Charlie MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 72:11 Shot from just outside the box by Troy Deeney goes over the bar.
  • 70:59 Alex Nicholls produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 69:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Julian Gray played to the near post, clearance made by Tommy Smith. Corner taken by Julian Gray from the right by-line, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
  • 68:15 Mark Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Byfield. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuele Smith.
  • 65:40 Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 63:26 Corner from the right by-line taken by Sam Saunders, Shot by Ben Strevens. Save by Clayton Ince.
  • 61:49 Ben Strevens takes a shot.
  • 61:13 The ball is swung over by Alex Nicholls.
  • 60:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton McDonald by Ben Strevens. Clayton Ince takes the free kick.
  • 59:50 Leon Legge fouled by Julian Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
  • 55:28 Corner taken by Julian Gray played to the near post, Clayton McDonald takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
  • 53:25 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sam Saunders, Clayton McDonald manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:08 Kevin O'Connor takes a shot. Blocked by Clayton McDonald.
  • 51:09 Substitution Mark Bradley is brought on as a substitute for Dwayne Mattis.
  • 49:02 Charlie MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuele Smith. Direct free kick taken by Clayton Ince.
  • 47:59 Effort from just outside the area by Richard Taundry goes over the bar.
  • 47:12 Darren Byfield produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:09 Substitution Darryl Westlake goes off and Emmanuele Smith comes on.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 44:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie MacDonald by Jamie Vincent. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sam Saunders, Clayton Ince makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders, save made by Clayton Ince.
  • 41:41 Effort from deep inside the area by Toumani Diagouraga misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:58 Header by Tommy Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 39:24 Sam Saunders takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 38:47 The official flags Julian Gray offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
  • 36:27 Unfair challenge on Darren Byfield by Leon Legge results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Richard Taundry from left channel.
  • 36:05 Shot by Charlie MacDonald from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 34:36 Darren Byfield provided the assist for the goal.
  • 34:36 GOAL - Alex NichollsWalsall 1 - 1 Brentford Alex Nicholls finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-1 Brentford.
  • 29:59 Ben Strevens fouled by Clayton McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Phillips.
  • 28:43 Unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by Darren Byfield results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 24:43 Darryl Westlake concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie MacDonald. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 24:05 Unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Ben Strevens results in a free kick. Darryl Westlake takes the free kick.
  • 20:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Smith on Alex Nicholls. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Taundry.
  • 20:04 Ben Strevens takes a shot. Save by Clayton Ince.
  • 18:17 Sam Saunders takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Julian Gray makes a clearance.
  • 16:20 Mark Phillips provided the assist for the goal.
  • 16:20 GOAL - Charlie MacDonaldWalsall 0 - 1 Brentford Charlie MacDonald scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Brentford.
  • 13:28 Charlie MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Clayton Ince takes the free kick.
  • 10:49 Headed effort from inside the box by Myles Weston misses to the right of the target.
  • 8:40 Matthew Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Toumani Diagouraga.
  • 8:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin O'Connor on Alex Nicholls. Free kick crossed by Richard Taundry, clearance made by Danny Foster.
  • 3:53 Troy Deeney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 2:10 Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner taken left-footed by Julian Gray, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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League One table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 32 32 66
2 Leeds United 31 28 63
3 Colchester 32 18 62
4 Charlton 32 21 60
5 Swindon 30 12 56
6 Huddersfield 31 23 54
7 Millwall 31 12 52
8 MK Dons 31 3 49
9 Walsall 31 3 43
10 Bristol Rovers 31 -9 42
11 Brentford 30 0 38
12 Southampton 29 17 37
13 Carlisle 31 -2 37
14 Leyton Orient 31 -6 36
15 Yeovil 32 -5 35
16 Gillingham 32 -11 33
17 Tranmere 31 -21 33
18 Southend 31 -11 32
19 Oldham 29 -11 32
20 Hartlepool 31 -12 32
21 Exeter 32 -13 31
22 Brighton 31 -14 31
23 Wycombe 32 -24 27
24 Stockport 30 -30 20

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