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Walsall 1-4 Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster came from behind to claim a thumping win at Walsall as the hosts' unbeaten League One start to the season bit the dust.

Walsall threatened early as Luke Leahy's defence-splitting pass freed Josh Ginnelly but he curled inches wide from 18 yards.

Ex-Saddlers skipper Andy Butler gifted his old team the opener as his mistimed header from a Ginnelly cross set up Morgan Ferrier to nod home from close range.

But Doncaster levelled on the half hour as Leahy handled a high ball and John Marquis tucked home his fourth league goal of the season from the resultant penalty kick.

Doncaster keeper Marko Marosi impressively foiled Ferrier's six-yard strike after the break before Rovers went in front as Leeds loanee Mallik Wilks drilled past Liam Roberts at his near post.

Wilks' surging run set up James Coppinger to curl home a fine third before Matty Blair sealed the rout in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 33mins
  • 8MorrisSubstituted forIsmailat 72'minutes
  • 4DobsonBooked at 57mins
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forRonanat 53'minutes
  • 11GinnellySubstituted forGordonat 80'minutes
  • 16FerrierBooked at 65mins
  • 9Cook

Substitutes

  • 10Ismail
  • 13Dunn
  • 15Kinsella
  • 20Johnson
  • 28Wilson
  • 29Gordon
  • 31Ronan

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 2MasonBooked at 71mins
  • 5Wright
  • 6ButlerBooked at 89mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 17BlairBooked at 90mins
  • 8Whiteman
  • 15KaneBooked at 69minsSubstituted forAndersonat 75'minutes
  • 7WilksSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMayat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 12Anderson
  • 14Beestin
  • 16Taylor
  • 19May
  • 22Anderson
  • 24Amos
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
4,546

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Doncaster Rovers 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Doncaster Rovers 4.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alfie May.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Ferrier (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Doncaster Rovers 4. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alfie May.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Connor Ronan.

Booking

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Mallik Wilks.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Morgan Ferrier (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Josh Gordon replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Mallik Wilks (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay in match Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jermaine Anderson replaces Herbie Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces James Coppinger.

Attempt blocked. Connor Ronan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Zeli Ismail replaces Kieron Morris.

Booking

Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Doncaster Rovers 3. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mallik Wilks.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth86201551020
2Peterborough86112091119
3Barnsley84311551015
4Sunderland8431158715
5Doncaster8431136715
6Walsall84311210215
7Charlton8422118314
8Fleetwood8341136713
9Blackpool834185313
10Accrington82511010011
11Luton83231010011
12Coventry832367-111
13Rochdale83231316-311
14Burton83141011-110
15Scunthorpe82421218-610
16Wimbledon8224611-58
17Shrewsbury814378-17
18Southend8215913-47
19Wycombe8143711-47
20Gillingham8215914-57
21Bradford8206613-76
22Bristol Rovers8125610-45
23Oxford Utd8125817-95
24Plymouth8035414-103
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