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Walsall 2-1 Crawley - player ratings

Paul Jenkins rates the Walsall players after their narrow 2-1 home win over Crawley.


Owen Evans

Protected well again by his defence, kicking and distribution were good. However, he couldn’t do much about the goal Crawley scored.

Looked safe 8

Hayden White

Three weeks after scoring his first Walsall goal, he now has a second. Netted the Saddlers’ equaliser after getting forward and defended well.

Scored 8

Liam Gordon

Went close a number of times, denied by a good goalkeeper and some bad luck. Perhaps needed a little more composure in front of goal.

Dangerous 9

Donervon Daniels

Commanding at the back and supported the midfield and forwards well.

Commanding 8

Manny Monthe

Steady on the ball, good distribution, marshalled defence well.

Another good game 8

Tom Knowles

Always dangerous and creative, again needed a little more composure but set up and attempted chances.

Tricky 8

Brandon Comley

Another player who helped anchor the midfield and got forward well as Walsall looked for the second goal.

Supportive 8

Jacob Maddox

Usual lively performance and gave Crawley defence plenty to think about right from the start.

Lively 8

Isaac Hutchinson

One of a number of players unlucky not to score and gave the visitors plenty of problems.

Creative 8

Liam Bennett

One of the stand-out performers in a very good team show.

Highlight 9

Danny Johnson

You probably wouldn’t see a better finish for the winning goal in any of the four divisions. Signing Johnson on a permanent deal in January simply must be top of the Saddlers’ priorities.

Match winner 9


Andy Williams (for Bennett 60) Came on with enough time to join the onslaught towards Crawley’s goal and contributed well 7; Jack Earing (for Comley 70) Second substitute appearance since injury and looks to be back to full fitness. Maybe ready for a start. 7; Douglas James-Taylor (for Maddox 87) Little time to make an impact; Taylor Allen (for Gordon 87) Little time to make an impact. Not used: Kinsella; McEntee; Maher.