Febian Brandy scored a first-half hat-trick as Walsall hammered struggling Notts County to move into the top six.

The winger rounded County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to register his first goal since returning to the Saddlers on loan from Sheffield United.

He then finished off a swift counter-attack before nodding in a Craig Westcarr cross to complete his treble.

Andy Butler headed in and Westcarr latched onto a long ball for 5-0 before Callum McGregor's consolation.

Triple Brandy

On his 127th club appearance, Walsall's Febian Brandy scored the first hat-trick of his career

The midfielder, who joined County on loan from Celtic for a second time on Friday, found the net for the 13th time this season with a free-kick.

But it did little to lift the Meadow Lane crowd on an extremely disappointing day for Shaun Derry's side, who are only being kept out of League One's relegation zone by a single point.

Victory for the Saddlers, who scored five goals in a match for the first time since beating Hartlepool 5-2 in March 2011, saw Dean Smith's men move above Peterborough into sixth position.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's unacceptable. As a group of guys we're hurting and we've had a chat and now I'm looking for a reaction.

"We've come a long way in a short space of time but this does feel like a huge backwards step.

"Ultimately we get judged on what we do on a Saturday afternoon. I'm not going to stand here and make excuses and I deserve the flak as much as anybody else."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 24 Freeman
  • 03 Sheehan Booked
  • 28 Boucaud Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 06 Leacock (Tempest - 69' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce (Ball - 56' )
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 09 Showunmi (Appiah - 45' )
  • 07 Grealish
  • 08 McGregor

Substitutes

  • 10 Haynes
  • 15 Appiah
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 26 Hollis
  • 35 Pilkington
  • 38 Ball

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers (Purkiss - 71' )
  • 14 Benning
  • 07 Chambers (Featherstone - 55' )
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 08 Mantom
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 29 Brandy (Baxendale - 76' )
  • 09 Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 26 McQuilkin
Ref: Darren Sheldrake
Att: 5,701

Match Stats

Shots

10 22

On target

7 13

Corners

7 6

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 1, Walsall 5.

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Walsall 5.

90:00 +4:19

Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +3:51 Booking

Booking Alan Sheehan (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:43

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

90:00 +1:01

Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:13

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

89:46

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

88:57

Hand ball by Andre Boucaud (Notts County).

88:38

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

87:41

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:41

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

87:20

Attempt saved. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:36

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Manny Smith.

84:57

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:43

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Greg Tempest.

83:29

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

79:01

Attempt saved. Callum Ball (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:02

Attempt saved. Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:23

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

76:11

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

75:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Febian Brandy.

74:59

Attempt missed. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

73:33

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

72:54

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

70:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers.

70:18

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Greg Tempest replaces Dean Leacock.

68:28

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

68:28

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:29

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

66:29

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

63:03

Attempt saved. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:19

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Walsall 5. Callum McGregor (Notts County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

60:24

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

60:24

Callum McGregor (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:11

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:53

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

57:31

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:45

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Callum Ball replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

54:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Featherstone replaces Adam Chambers.

53:47

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

53:47

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Walsall 5. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard O'Donnell.

48:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Walsall 4. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Mantom.

47:29

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:29

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 0, Walsall 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Kwesi Appiah replaces Enoch Showunmi.

45:00 +2:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 0, Walsall 3.

45:00 +1:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Walsall 3. Febian Brandy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr with a cross.

44:36

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

44:24

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Paul Downing.

43:14

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

43:14

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:05 Booking

Booking Andre Boucaud (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

39:47

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Notts County).

39:47

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:13

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

39:13

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:44

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

34:44

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:04

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Walsall 2. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr with a cross.

31:48

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

31:22

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:38

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

29:12

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Manny Smith.

28:57

Attempt saved. Andrew Butler (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

28:37

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

27:40

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:40

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

27:15

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:06

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

26:06

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Walsall 1. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr.

16:50

Foul by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

16:50

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:05

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

13:05

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:15

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:15

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

9:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

9:11

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

5:44

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Notts County).

5:44

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:13

Hand ball by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

1:49

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

1:11

Foul by Callum McGregor (Notts County).

1:11

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:27

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:27

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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