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Walsall Take the Battle for Promotion to the Final Day of the Season

Following Monday afternoon's televised victory over Fleetwood Town, John Whitney's Saddlers have closed the gap to second-placed Burton Albion, taking the battle for automatic promotion to the final day of the season.
Following Monday afternoon's televised victory over Fleetwood Town, John Whitney's Saddlers have closed the gap to second-placed Burton Albion, taking the battle for automatic promotion to the final day of the season.

Walsall went into the match six points behind the Brewers and in search of goals as they hoped to increase the pressure on their rivals with all still to play for.

The Saddlers opened the scoring after just two minutes of the first half, as top-scorer Tom Bradshaw superbly guided Jason Demetriou's cross past the goalkeeper, the former Shrewsbury Town man's 19th ofthe campaign.

Walsall doubled their lead eighteen minutes into the game as Vice Captain Paul Downing side-footed home from a well-delivered corner. The home side further extended their lead thirteen minutes into the second half as Romaine Sawyers superbly slotted past Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal.

Fleetwood did goon to grab a goal back six minutes from time as a sleepy Saddlers defence allowed substitute Devante Cole space to nick the ball past Neil Etheridge.

The result takes the Saddlers back into third position ahead of Millwall, three points and three goals behind their promotion rivals Burton Albion, who take on relegation-threatened Doncaster Rovers on the last day of the season, with Donny needing to win by an unlikely margin to give themselves any chance of achieving safety.

Walsall take on near-rivals Port Vale and will again be looking to earn a handsome victory to give them any chance of snatching promotion, as the season draws to a close.
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