Will Grigg's first senior hat-trick extended Walsall's unbeaten run to five games as the Saddlers beat Carlisle to raise their League One play-off hopes.

  • Will Grigg's treble was the first Walsall hat-trick since Ishmel Demontagnac netted three second-half goals in a 5-2 win at home to Southend in August 2008. It was the first Saddlers' away hat-trick since Brett Angell's treble at Northampton in May 2001.

Grigg's first came from a third-minute penalty after home keeper Mark Gillespie had upended James Chambers.

Grigg's 66th-minute second came when he received the ball from Andy Taylor in the box and engineered space to finish.

He sealed victory late on after Febian Brandy's burst, firing in the rebound after his first shot was blocked.

The Northern Ireland striker's treble takes the Saddlers top scorer's tally to 14 goals for the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Walsall striker Will Grigg told BBC WM:

"We've dominated the game. It could have been six or seven.

"It felt the second goal was never going to come but, once it did, it killed the game off and we were in control and Febian Brandy's done amazingly again to create the third.

"I've had chances to get a hat-trick before so it was overdue. I managed to get the match ball off the ref and they've let me keep it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 02 Simek
  • 05 Livesey
  • 22 Mustoe
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 04 McGovern (Welsh - 75' )
  • 08 Noble
  • 19 Symington
  • 21 Berrett Booked
  • 09 Loy (Beck - 64' )
  • 14 Miller (Cadamarteri - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Collin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 07 Welsh
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 16 Potts
  • 11 Cadamarteri
  • 17 Beck

Walsall

  • 32 Mccarey
  • 04 Butler
  • 22 Downing
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 26 Taylor
  • 07 A Chambers (Holden - 81' )
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg
  • 10 Paterson
  • 12 Brandy (Baxendale - 89' )
  • 29 Westcarr (Featherstone - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Grof
  • 05 Holden
  • 20 Benning
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 24 Baxendale
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Tierney
Att: 3,266

Match Stats

Shots

15 14

On target

5 9

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:18

James Berrett produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

90:00 +2:06

The ball is delivered by Andy Welsh, clearance made by Paul Downing.

89:27

Andy Taylor takes a short corner.

88:20 Substitution

Substitution Febian Brandy leaves the field to be replaced by James Baxendale.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Featherstone joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Westcarr.

87:35

Jordan Mustoe takes a shot. Save by Aaron Mccarey.

87:20

Andy Welsh delivers the ball, clearance made by Andy Butler.

85:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Grigg - Carlisle 0 - 3 Walsall Will Grigg finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Carlisle 0-3 Walsall.

84:05

Corner taken by David Symington from the left by-line.

83:53

The ball is crossed by Andy Welsh, clearance made by Dean Holden.

82:58

The ball is swung over by Andy Taylor, Header from deep inside the area by Craig Westcarr goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

82:34

Short corner worked by Andy Taylor.

82:08

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Paterson, clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.

80:33 Substitution

Substitution Dean Holden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Chambers.

77:53

Andy Welsh crosses the ball, save by Aaron Mccarey.

77:29

Jordan Mustoe produces a cross, clearance made by James Chambers.

75:35

Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Mccarey.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Danny Cadamarteri is brought on as a substitute for Lee Miller.

75:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Beck.

75:06

Will Grigg has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

74:39 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul McGovern goes off and Andy Welsh comes on.

74:17

Shot by Sam Mantom from outside the box goes over the net.

73:36

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Livesey. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Taylor.

72:01

Mark Beck has an effort at goal. Clearance made by Paul Downing.

70:31

Foul by Craig Westcarr on Jon-Paul McGovern, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Berrett.

68:01

Liam Noble challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Taylor, clearance made by Jordan Mustoe.

67:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Taylor.

67:13

The ball is crossed by David Symington, clearance by Paul Downing.

65:22

Assist by Andy Taylor.

65:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Grigg - Carlisle 0 - 2 Walsall Goal scored by Will Grigg from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Carlisle 0-2 Walsall.

64:22

David Symington delivers the ball.

63:48

The referee blows for offside against Mark Beck. Aaron Mccarey takes the indirect free kick.

62:52

Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

62:52 Substitution

Substitution Rory Loy leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Beck.

62:52

The ball is swung over by Craig Westcarr, free kick awarded for a foul by Will Grigg on Mark Gillespie.

61:59

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Westcarr from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by James Berrett.

61:03

Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Mustoe.

60:28

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Symington, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

60:09

The ball is swung over by Frank Simek, Lee Miller takes a shot. Save by Aaron Mccarey.

59:44

Will Grigg is penalised for a handball. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

59:01

Effort on goal by Will Grigg from just inside the area clears the bar.

58:37

Febian Brandy has an effort at goal. Jordan Mustoe gets a block in.

56:30

Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Paterson goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:17

Andy Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Sean O'Hanlon.

55:51

Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Save by Mark Gillespie.

55:37

Frank Simek produces a cross, clearance by Andy Butler.

52:59

The referee penalises Jamie Paterson for handball. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

51:14

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

50:36

Andy Butler fouled by Lee Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

48:25

David Symington takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

47:45

Febian Brandy has a drilled shot. James Berrett gets a block in.

45:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Downing on Rory Loy. David Symington shoots direct from the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:17

Lee Miller challenges Andy Butler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mccarey.

44:18

Centre by David Symington, comfortable save by Aaron Mccarey.

43:50

Will Grigg is ruled offside. Sean O'Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.

39:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Butler on Rory Loy. Free kick taken by Liam Noble.

39:19

Jon-Paul McGovern produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

37:49

The ball is delivered by David Symington, Effort on goal by Liam Noble from just inside the area clears the bar.

36:46

Sam Mantom takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Mark Gillespie. Craig Westcarr is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

35:28

The ball is sent over by Jon-Paul McGovern, James Chambers manages to make a clearance.

33:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Taylor played to the near post.

32:26

Long range shot from Jordan Mustoe misses to the left of the goal.

31:49

Liam Noble takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Adam Chambers. Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

30:48

David Symington sends in a cross, Aaron Mccarey makes a comfortable save.

30:03

Adam Chambers challenges Rory Loy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gillespie takes the direct free kick.

29:52

A cross is delivered by Andy Taylor, Jordan Mustoe manages to make a clearance.

27:16

The offside flag is raised against Craig Westcarr. Mark Gillespie takes the indirect free kick.

26:35

Rory Loy has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

23:08

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Loy. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jordan Mustoe, Andy Taylor makes a clearance.

22:00

Jon-Paul McGovern crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by James Berrett misses to the right of the goal.

21:19

Jordan Mustoe has a drilled shot and went wide right of the goal.

20:57

Liam Noble takes a shot. Save by Aaron Mccarey.

19:44

Centre by Craig Westcarr.

17:59

Free kick crossed right-footed by Jamie Paterson, save by Mark Gillespie.

17:59 Booking

Booking James Berrett is given a yellow card.

17:37

Unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by James Berrett results in a free kick.

15:41

Frank Simek challenges Sam Mantom unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Mccarey.

13:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Sean O'Hanlon misses to the right of the target.

11:35

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Gillespie.

10:40

Foul by Sam Mantom on Lee Miller, free kick awarded. Jordan Mustoe takes the free kick.

9:26

Foul by James Berrett on Jamie Paterson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Taylor from right channel, Sean O'Hanlon makes a clearance.

7:29

Jon-Paul McGovern produces a cross, Aaron Mccarey makes a comfortable save.

4:54

Centre by David Symington, clearance by Andy Butler.

2:14

The assist for the goal came from James Chambers.

2:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Grigg - Carlisle 0 - 1 Walsall Will Grigg scores a power penalty. Carlisle 0-1 Walsall.

1:30

Mark Gillespie concedes a Penalty for a foul on James Chambers.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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