Mansfield 2 Walsall 1 - Player ratings
George Bennett gives his Walsall ratings following defeat at Mansfield.
Denied Keillor-Dunn twice but his error of judgement by clawing the ball back into the danger zone in the build-up to Aden Flint’s opener proved costly.
Riley enjoyed a relatively solid display although he was caught in possession in the first half, which led to a good chance for Keillor-Dunn.
Uncharacteristically delayed on the ball to present Keillor-Dunn with a chance before the break. However, his driving runs forward helped Walsall build momentum during their brightest period in the game.
Thrown in at the deep end after not playing for over six weeks. Acquitted himself well and made some important blocks.
Looked dangerous at times breaking down the left and relatively solid defensively.
His pace offered Walsall an attacking outlet, which they should’ve utilised more. He played an instrumental role in the Saddlers’ goal – setting up Ryan Stirk with an accurate low cross.
Walsall’s brightest performer. He was nursing a cold but never stopped running and took his goal well with a composed finish.
More game time will help Comley return to full fitness, but he struggled to impose himself on the contest.
He has struggled to build on his hat-trick heroics against Gillingham, and was largely ineffective.
Always a bundle of energy and helped release Knowles in the build-up to Walsall’s goal.
Not the return that Johnson would’ve hoped for. He often found himself isolated up top.
Douglas James-Taylor (for Hutchinson, 78); Jamille Matt (for Stirk, 82); Taylor Allen (for Knowles 86). Subs not used: Jackson Smith, Joe Foulkes, Harvey Griffiths.