Bournemouth 1 Walsall 2 - match report

George Bowerman’s last minute winner snatched Walsall a deserved victory at Bournemouth.

Dean Smith

The hitman struck his sixth of the season in the 89th minute just as the Saddlers looked to have squandered the points.

Charlie Daniels had levelled with eight minutes remaining after Andy Butler’s first-half header put the visitors ahead.

Dean Smith's were comfortable for long spells but failed to kill off the hosts until the death as they remain in the early League One play-off positions.

Walsall were unchanged after last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win over Preston while the hosts handed a debut to ex-Villa and England keeper David James after he signed yesterday.

Lorenzo Davids, cousin of former Holland international Edgar, made his Cherries debut along with Frank Demouge.

Karl Darlow claimed Josh McQuoid’s deflected effort while James comfortably took Florent Cuvelier’s strike during a quiet opening 20 minutes.

It was an instantly forgettable first half an hour with the sides cancelling each other out but it burst into life in the final 10 minutes.

First Eunan O’Kane fired wide before Bowerman swept Ben Purkiss’ cross wide from eight-yards.

Jamie Paterson curled wide nine minutes before the break before the Saddlers too the lead on 41 minutes.

Andy Taylor’s free kick from the half-way line was only half cleared and James Baxendale swung in a wonderful cross from the right for the unmarked Butler to crash a six-yard header past James.

It was a muted response from the hosts until they emerged for the second half and Darlow pushed O’Kane’s 47th minute effort wide.

But it was a minor worry for Walsall as they dictated the early second-half play with Taylor firing wide from Jamie Paterson’s short corner.

Will Grigg charged down James’ clearance but couldn’t capitalise and Cuvelier dipped a volley a yard over on the hour.

Walsall were in charge as the home fans chanted for manager Paul Groves’ dismissal as Butler headed over on 69 minutes.

The fading visitors needed a second goal to kill the Cherries off as Josh Carmichael fired over for the hosts before Richard Taundry replaced Baxendale with 14 minutes remaining.

But with eight minutes left the hosts levelled when Daniels stroked under Darlow following Wes Fogden’s ball over the top.

It was a sucker punch for the Saddlers but they recovered to snatch the win at the death.

Febian Brandy’s deflected shot had been cleared off the line for a corner and when Butler nodded down Paterson’s resulting flag kick Bowerman hooked in from six-yards.

Darlow saved well from Fogden in stoppage time as the Cherries pressed but the Saddlers hung on.

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Comments for: "Bournemouth 1 Walsall 2 - match report"

david saddler til i die

great 3 point hope the saddlers keep going on like this


Brilliant that we have a team that is actually starting to gell and play some attractive football , my only worry is that these player's that are starting to show they can play a bit are not going to be offered contract extention's until it's to late ! We all know what's going to happen here , player's come in and start doing well , and before you know it we have a few team's sniffing around turning young player's head's with an extra few quid . If they're proving they're good enough then if we really want some success we should be offering contract's now before their value increase's and we can't match what other club's start to offer !


I have been living in Scotland for the past 3 years and was born and bred in Walsall have always followed the results and wish the team every success. Let us hope that they do offer them a new contract at Christmas and keep hold of the players that are bringing them the success in winning the matches. It would be good to see them promoted again and hold their own in the Championship and then who knows where their success will end.


Please Deano when can we go back to the direct, one dimensional (get it up there!) garbage football we used to play, i cant moan my tets of anymore

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