January 1, 2013
Paterson screamer sinks Boro
A stunning late goal from Walsall's 20-year-old winger Jamie Paterson gave Walsall a hard-earned 1-0 win over battling Stevenage, who lost for the third match in succession.
Referee Scott Mathieson allowed play to continue when Sam Mantom was fouled, and Paterson cut inside before rifling his seventh goal of the season into the roof of the net with a magnificent left-foot strike.
Walsall lost Florent Cuvellier and Andy Taylor with injuries during the first half when Stevenage looked sharper and Saddlers' keeper Karl Darlow - back at the Banks's Stadium for a second spell on loan from Nottingham Forst - did well to keep out one drive from Filipe Morais.
In the 35th minute Morais rattled the crossbar with a free-kick.
Walsall picked up their game in the second half and after a shot from Stevenage midfield man Anthony Grant was saved by Darlow, Will Grigg twice went close for the home side.
A key moment came in the 83rd minute when Boro sub Greg Tansley saw his goal-bound drive deflected for a corner and shortly afterwards Walsall drove forward to collect their third win in four outings.
|Jamie Paterson (87')|
|28 Karl Darlow||1 Steven Arnold|
|4 Andy Butler||22 Miguel Comminges|
|14 Ben Purkiss||14 Mark Roberts|
|26 Andy Taylor||4 Darius Charles|
|22 Paul Downing||2 David Gray|
|7 Adam Chambers||3 Lee Hills|
|27 Sam Mantom||7 Anthony Grant|
|8 Florent Cuvelier||10 Filipe Morais|
|10 Jamie Paterson||8 James Dunne|
|29 Craig Westcarr||24 Patrick Agyemang|
|9 William Grigg||11 Lucas Akins|
|1 David Grof||Chris Day 16|
|25 James Chambers||Bondz Ngala 29|
|20 Malvind Benning||Greg Tansey 6|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||Oliver Risser 25|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||Robin Shroot 32|
|24 James Baxendale||Robbie Rogers 20|
|17 George Bowerman||Marcus Haber 9|
|James Baxendale for Florent Cuvelier (8)||Marcus Haber for Patrick Agyemang (46)|
|Malvind Benning for Andy Taylor (37)||Greg Tansey for Lee Hills (62)|
|George Bowerman for William Grigg (79)|
|Adam Chambers (33)||Filipe Morais (42)|
|Malvind Benning (60)||James Dunne (57)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Stevenage|