Walsall delivered the perfect result on Tuesday night, completing the double over Brighton after being crushed at home by Bristol Rovers on Saturday, writes The Saddler.
They had to be in the mood following the 5-0 humiliation by the Pirates, and the Seagulls landed at Bescot pumped up by their own 5-0 hammering of relegation rivals Yeovil at the weekend.
The Saddlers, looking for their first win in five games, hit Brighton with a three-goal salvo in 39 minutes, never looked like relaxing their grip on the game, and with better finishing would have won by an even bigger margin.
Walsall took the lead in the 14th minute when Troy Deeney found Alex Nicholls and the winger beat his man before crossing for the recalled Mark Bradley to slot home his first goal of the season.
The impressive Nicholls then set up the second in the 30th minute for Deeney to sweep in his 11th of the campaign, and when Bradley’s shot was deflected onto the bar, Anthony Gerrard was on the spot to head the third six minutes from half-time.
On Saturday Walsall didn’t turn up and Bristol Rovers thrashed them 5-0 with goals from Darryl Duffy (2), Craig Disley and Aaron Lescott (2). It was not until the 73rd minute that the snoozing Saddlers managed a shot, then Sofiene Zaaboub drove over.
It was a performance which demanded a response, and fortunately it came on Tuesday night when Brighton were victims of the expected backlash.