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Jamille Matt praised for 'captain's display in Walsall win

Mat Sadler has hailed Jamille Matt for a "real captain's performance" after he scored his second goal of the campaign in Walsall's 2-1 win over Mansfield at Bescot.

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A frantic start to the second half saw Matt, who was handed the armband in Donervon Daniels' absence, open the scoring in less than two minutes with a clinical header from Isaac Hutchinson's cross.

Stephen Quinn equalised three minutes later, before Emmanuel Adegboyega marked his debut with the winning goal in the 65th minute.

Sadler admitted Walsall were always aware of the threat Aden Flint can pose at the back, but added he was always confident Matt could handle the challenge.

The Walsall boss said: "He leant on their defenders today. He sure did because we were thoroughly aware of the threat that (Aden) Flint has but they were also similarly aware of the threat of Jamille.

"He was a monster up there and it's something we're coming to see over and over again with him. There was no hesitation for me to give him the armband. He has done it before at other clubs, he wears it well and he really put in a real captain's performance."