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Walsall 1-2 Darlington

Michael Ricketts went from hero to zero as Walsall crashed out of the Carling Cup at home to Darlington.

The striker headed home Chris Palmer's cross in the 10th minute to give his side the perfect start, but was sent off on 38 for elbowing Ricky Ravenhill.

In-between, Jason Kennedy equalised, rifling home after great wing play from David Poole.

Walsall's misery was complete on 68 minutes, Billy Clarke stabbing home at the second attempt from a Poole cross.


Walsall: Ince, Palmer, Gerrard, Roberts (Smith 59), Sansara (Deeney 77), Nicholls, Taundry, Hughes, Zaaboub (Reich 68), Ibehre, Ricketts.
Subs Not Used: Gilmartin, Bradley, Demontagnac, Boertien.

Sent Off: Ricketts (38).

Booked: Taundry, Hughes.

Goals: Ricketts 11.

Darlington: Brown, Austin, Foster, Miller, Purdie, Poole, Kennedy, Ravenhill (Hulbert 58), Griffin, Proudlock (Blundell 72), Clarke (Main 88).
Subs Not Used: Kazimierczak, White, Valentine, Gray.

Goals: Kennedy 31, Clarke 67.

Att: 2,702

Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).




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