Doncaster Rovers made a confident start to life in League One with a convincing victory.
Rovers dropped out of the Championship last season and Dean Saunders was looking for a positive start from his charges.
And that’s exactly what he got as Chris Brown put Rovers 1-0 ahead after just five minutes.
Then on 26 minutes David Cotterill, their summer signing from Barnsley, doubled the advantage for Saunders’s side with a stunning lob from just inside Walsall’s half.
And the points were on their way back to Doncaster when in the 56th minute Kyle Bennett found the net to make it 3-0.
On his speculative wonder goal Cotterill said: “I saw the keeper off his line and thought why not? It’s probably the best goal I’ve ever scored.”
Walsall: Grof, James Chambers, Holden, Butler, Purkiss, Featherstone, Adam Chambers, Paterson, Hemmings, Cuvelier, Grigg. Subs: Brandy, Jones, Bowerman, Benning, Downing, Baxendale, Walker.
Doncaster: Gary Woods, Quinn, Rob Jones, McCombe, Spurr, Cotterill, Syers, Martin Woods, Bennett, Brown, Paynter. Subs: Husband, Blake, Maxted, Harper, Coppinger.
Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)
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