April 1, 2013
Slick Saddlers sink Sky Blues
Coventry-born midfielder Jamie Paterson scored twice as Walsall thrashed the Sky Blues 4-0.
The Saddlers, unbeaten in 12 and hoping to make the play-offs, avenged a 5-1 defeat at Coventry in November and were already two ahead when the Sky Blues lost Jordan Stewart to a red card.
In a lively opening, Craig Westcarr shot across the face of the Coventry goal on seven minutes and Sky Blues keeper Joe Murphy saved well from Andy Taylor, before William Edjenguele headed just wide for the visitors.
But Walsall took the lead they deserved in the 33rd minute, James Chambers and Sam Mantom combining to release Paterson who nipped round a defender and drilled home a low, right-foot shot for his 12th goal of the season.
Walsall made it two in the 53rd minute when James Baxendale was tripped by Aaron Martin and Westcarr hammed in the penalty.
Stewart was sent off for a second yellow card in the 65th minute and Westcarr notched his fourth for the club with a close-range header.
Paterson rounded off the win with number four from Westcarr's 73rd-minute pass.
|28 Sam Johnstone||1 Joe Murphy|
|25 James Chambers||31 Jordan Stewart|
|4 Andy Butler||25 William Edjenguele|
|26 Andy Taylor||35 Aaron Martin|
|22 Paul Downing||21 Cyrus Christie|
|7 Adam Chambers||8 Carl Baker|
|27 Sam Mantom||32 Franck Moussa|
|24 James Baxendale||38 James Bailey|
|10 Jamie Paterson||10 John Fleck|
|29 Craig Westcarr||16 Adam Barton|
|12 Febian Brandy||17 Callum Ball|
|31 Liam Roberts||Chris Dunn 13|
|5 Dean Holden||Jordon Clarke 2|
|14 Ben Purkiss||David Bell 7|
|20 Malvind Benning||Steven Jennings 12|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||Gary McSheffrey 11|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||Cody McDonald 9|
|33 Romaine Sawyers||Callum Wilson 20|
|Romaine Sawyers for James Baxendale (88)||Callum Wilson for Callum Ball (62)|
|Ashley Hemmings for Febian Brandy (88)||Steven Jennings for Adam Barton (67)|
|Jordon Clarke for Franck Moussa (67)|
|Craig Westcarr (71)||Jordan Stewart (42)|
|Callum Ball (56)|
|Jordon Clarke (72)|
|Cyrus Christie (76)|
|Jordan Stewart (65)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Coventry City|