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en­ergy to want to win the game. The young lads showed a work ethic, a to­geth­er­ness, a spirit and a fight. Jimmy Smith has been bril­liant for us this sea­son.

“He’s been a real man about things, he’s not been happy be­ing in a los­ing side but he’s knuck­led down ev­ery day and set re­ally high stan­dards,”

It took Steve­nage 35 min- utes to break the dead­lock as Smith found him­self un­marked and fired home from close range, leav­ing Sad­dlers keeper Richard O’Don­nell rooted.

Three goals in the open­ing eight min­utes of the sec­ond half fol­lowed as Mi­lan Lalkovic found Ben­ning, who equalised be­fore Ro­maine Sawyers’ long-range ef­fort was saved by Chris Day.

Wal­sall did go in front though mo­ments later as West­carr tapped home al­though the lead didn’t last long with N’Gues­san be­ing played through by Smith and calmly slid­ing home.

Al­ready-rel­e­gated Steve­nage com­pleted a re­mark­able come­back in the 82nd minute as Free­man tapped home from close range and Wal­sall boss Dean Smith said: “For two thirds of the sea­son we were a top-six team but for the last third for what­ever rea­son we haven’t been.

“I have told them we need to re­flect on the sea­son, re­view it and get bet­ter.

“It’s the only thing we can do be­cause the end of the sea­son hasn’t been what we wanted it to be.

“It was a game we eas­ily should have won, no dis­re­spect to Steve­nage, we bossed the game and came away with a loss and it hurts be­cause we should have won the game but ended up los­ing it.”


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