Stockport County 1 - Walsall 2
A last-minute goal at Edgeley Park earned Walsall their fourth double of the season and provided a little Easter cheer for the travelling fans on Monday, writes The Saddler.
After losing 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday the Saddlers simply had to improve, and their first win in four games lifted them above the Hatters into 11th spot in the League One table.
Stockport, who had just been narrowly beaten at Leeds, were hoping to impress their supporters by beating Chris Hutchings' men, but found themselves behind on 12 minutes when, following a Sofiene Zaaboub corner, Anthony Gerrard drove in his third goal of the season.
Recalled striker Troy Deeney could have increased that lead but headed over from a good position, and the home side then missed a penalty, Tommy Rowe firing over the bar after Jabo Ibehre handled.
Stockport thought they had saved a point when Greg Tansey equalised with a 76th minute free-kick, but with the game looking a certain draw, Walsall pinched it in stoppage time.
County keeper Conrad Logan, under pressure from substitute Mark Bradley,failed to deal with an Alex Nicholls cross and the ball landed in the net.
There was a debate about whether it was an own goal, or even a foul on the goalie, but Bradley claimed it.
Saturday was yet another in a long line of inadequate home performances, although Tranmere were fortunate to escape in the first half when Michael Ricketts volleyed against the bar when he should have scored from close in. Rovers clinched the points that put them in the play-off zone when former Saddler Edrissa (Mr Sunshine) Sonko crossed for Bas Savage to head in at the far post 11 minutes from the end.
Young goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin was Walsall's man-of-the-match, which tells you everything.