Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw says the club’s 4-3 defeat of Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup has laid down a marker for the rest of the season.The Welshman netted a hat-trick in a high-octane Round 1 clash on Tuesday, which included scoring a match-winning penalty in the fifth minute of added time.
Bradshaw had given the Saddlers an early 2-0 lead in the first half, striking twice in 14 minutes before Forest’s Tyler Walker halved the deficit going into the break.
Absolutely buzzing to get my first career Hatirck and to get into the… https://t.co/YuDjwqoXff— Tom Bradshaw (@tombradshaw92) August 11, 2015
Walsall restored their two-goal advantage with 11 minutes left to play through Romaine Sawyers, before a late brace from Michail Antonio looked to have forced the game into extra-time.
But, after being fouled in the penalty area by Kelvin Wilson deep into injury time, Bradshaw stepped up from the spot to convert the winner and cap a remarkable opening-round victory for the Sky Bet League 1 side.
“I think we all thought once they got the equaliser we were heading into extra time,” Bradshaw told saddlers.co.uk.
“But that shows the character that we’ve got in this group. Even after it went to 3-3 we had enough in us to go again and create one last chance to get the winner.
“It couldn’t have been a better finish to a game of football. We’ve created a lot more chances already in our games this season. It’s down to the way the boys want to play and how many attacking players we have in the squad.
“To come here and score four against a good Championship side shows our intent for the rest of the season. It was a special moment for myself and for my family and it’s great for the club to be in Round 2.”
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