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HIGHLIGHTS | Walsall 0 Rovers 0 [3-4 on penalties] (Carabao Cup)

11 August 2021

Pontus Dahlberg was the hero of the penalty shootout with three saves which helped Rovers through to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges with a few early chances and while Rovers dominated possession for the middle period of the first half, they failed to test keeper Carl Rushworth.

The second half was a different matter however, and although Walsall once again registered the early chances, Rovers certainly had the best ones with Rushworth forced into a couple of fantastic saves to deny substitute Branden Horton at the back post, though his most impressive stop was undoubtedly to deny a spectacular effort by Aidan Barlow.

In the end, the match outcome was to be decided by penalties in which Dahlberg was the hero with three saves in a row to ensure that converted spot-kicks by Ben Close, Aidan Barlow, Tom Anderson and Kyle Knoyle would mean Richie Wellens’ men would advance.

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