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Monday, January 31, 2011

Big Match Review - Walsall 6 Bristol Rovers 1

Walsall 6-1 Bristol Rovers
Saturday January 29, Banks's Stadium, (Att: 4,023)

A first win in eight saw Walsall move off the bottom of League One with an emphatic victory over fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

The Saddlers took the lead just past the quarter hour mark when Andy Butler connected with Matt Richards's free kick to power a header past Luke Daniels.

Matt Gill doubled the home team's advantage on 34 minutes as he fired home from inside the box after Jon Macken played him through.

It was 3-0 before the break with Julian Gray converting from just outside the box after Rovers failed to properly clear a corner.

Dave Penney's side pulled a goal back early in the second period as midfielder Jeff Hughes was picked out by Will Hoskins to beat Dave Bevan.

However, no sooner had the Gas got themselves back into the game than they found themselves picking the ball out of their own net once more.

Walsall went straight down the other end and Matt Richards fired past Daniels from distance to restore their grip on proceedings.

They wrapped things up with a couple of goals in quick succession. Firstly, Alex Nicholls shot in from just outside the box, and then Butler got his second of the afternoon with another header, this time for a corner.

It completed a miserable day for Rovers, who find themselves three points off safety. Despite Walsall boss Dean Smith earning a first win though, the Saddlers remain seven points adrift themselves.

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