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Bescot Stadium (ATT 3,301) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Walsall Walsall vs Stevenage Stevenage

Walsall 1

J Paterson (87)

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Paterson screamer sinks Boro

Last Updated: 01/01/13 8:31pm

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Paterson: Netted stunning winner

Paterson: Netted stunning winner

A stunning late goal from 20-year-old winger Jamie Paterson gave Walsall a hard-earned 1-0 win over battling Stevenage.

Referee Scott Mathieson allowed play to continue when Sam Mantom was fouled, and Paterson cut inside before rifling his seventh goal of the season into the roof of the net with a magnificent left-foot strike.

Walsall lost Florent Cuvellier and Andy Taylor with injuries during the first half when Stevenage looked sharper and Saddlers' keeper Karl Darlow - back at the Banks's Stadium for a second spell on loan from Nottingham Forst - did well to keep out one drive from Filipe Morais.

In the 35th minute Morais rattled the crossbar with a free-kick.

Walsall picked up their game in the second half and after a shot from Stevenage midfield man Anthony Grant was saved by Darlow, Will Grigg twice went close for the home side.

A key moment came in the 83rd minute when Boro sub Greg Tansley saw his goal-bound drive deflected for a corner and shortly afterwards Walsall drove forward to collect their third win in four outings.

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8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
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11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
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13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
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16 Walsall 38 46
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20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33