League One
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Blackpool 0-4 Walsall

Romaine Sawyers
Romaine Sawyers is a Saint Kitts and Nevis international

A Romaine Sawyers double fired Walsall to the top of League One as they thrashed rock-bottom Blackpool.

The hosts started well with David Ferguson's fierce shot well-held by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

But Sawyers poked in from Jason Demetriou's through ball to put the Saddlers ahead, and Tom Aldred turned Rico Henry's cross into his own net.

Sam Mantom headed in from Demetriou's cross, before Sawyers unleashed a fine 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"There was a lot of expectation for us to win but teams don't just roll over.

"The team are giving me real selection teasers at the moment.

"The fluidity of the team is really impressing me.

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Letheren
  • 16Boyce
  • 5Robertson
  • 15Aldred
  • 3Ferguson
  • 11Cameron
  • 8PottsSubstituted forCubero Loriaat 62'minutes
  • 4McAlister
  • 21Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forRiversat 71'minutes
  • 9Cullen
  • 10RedshawSubstituted forThomasat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Jones
  • 7Rivers
  • 12Oliver
  • 13Boney
  • 17Thomas
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria

Walsall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 2Demetriou
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forBaxendaleat 80'minutes
  • 14HenrySubstituted forFordeat 73'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 79'minutes
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
7,489

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Walsall 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Walsall 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kwame Thomas (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Cullen (Blackpool).

  7. Post update

    Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kwame Thomas (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

    José Cubero (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Aldred (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Aldred (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Reece Flanagan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kyle Letheren.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Henry Cameron (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Walsall 4. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.