Rosler’s wor­ried by hor­ror for Conor

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Walker

A HOR­ROR leg in­jury to striker Conor McAleny over­shad­owed a dom­i­nant win for Brent­ford with the striker’s fu­ture oc­cu­py­ing the thoughts of vic­to­ri­ous man­ager Uwe Rösler.

The 21-year-old, on loan from Ever­ton, was stretchered off fol­low­ing a fourth-minute col­li­sion with Adam Cham­bers on the edge of the vis­i­tors’ box.

Both play­ers were go­ing for the ball and there did not ap­pear to be any mal­ice be­hind the chal­lenge.

De­spite the set­back Clay­ton Don­ald­son’s firsthalf header was enough to con­demn Wal­sall to their first de­feat of the sea­son but Rösler was vis­i­bly moved by the in­ci­dent af­ter the game.

Rösler said: “We are all shocked, Conor’s got a very, very nasty in­jury. I’m speech­less to be hon­est, I fear for the lad.

“He’s a very promis­ing player, a good char­ac­ter and hun­gry for football. We’ll give him the full ex­tent of our sup­port.

“I haven't seen the DVD yet.With the force and tempo of the play­ers th­ese days, things like this can hap­pen. That’s my first im­pres­sion, I don’t think any­one can lay any blame at this mo­ment.

“It was a re­ally ugly win, we haven’t had any ugly wins for three years. We’ll take that, es­pe­cially af­ter Gilling­ham. I think we were all shocked af­ter four min­utes.”

Don­ald­son buried the ball into the left cor­ner of Richard O’Don­nell’s net af­ter Shaleum Lo­gan picked him out in the 42nd minute.

The pair linked up again two min­utes later but Don­ald­son’s header was less com­posed and went wide of the post.

The Bees’ top scorer for last sea­son was then de­nied by O’Don­nell’s div­ing save in the 63rd minute af­ter a through ball from Ge­orge Sav­ille found him un­marked in the area.

Adam Forshaw threat­ened to open the scor­ing on 28 min­utes with a 25yard shot that rat­tled off the cross­bar.

Mi­lan Lalkovic should have lev­elled on the cusp of half-time but his poked ef­fort went straight to David But­ton.

Craig West­carr al­most equalised on 88 min­utes but his near post ef­fort was pushed wide.

Wal­sall man­ager Dean Smith said:“You have to give them credit, they played very well and pressed us all over.

“In the first-half they did very well and I said to the boys at half-time that we can do bet­ter with the ball and they went out and gave it a right good go. Con­di­tions weren’t ideal with the amount of rain, the ball was run­ning away from peo­ple.We had a cou­ple of chances and put them un­der pres­sure at the end but had noth­ing clear cut.”

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