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Forest Green player ratings vs Walsall: Godwin-Malife catches the eye in sublime team performance


Ash Loveridge scores his Forest Green player ratings vs Walsall as Rovers made it back-to-back wins with a 3-1 victory to top the early League Two season table.

Luke McGee – eight

A stunning point-blank save in the first-half from Kieron Phillips proved to pivotal when Rovers were 1-0 up. Tipped a fizzing shot onto the post from the dangerous Conor Wilkinson in the second.

Dom Bernard – eight

A bright start to the season. Always up for a battle and picked up a booking for dissent.

Udoka Godwin-Malife – nine

Imperious at the back and powerful when bringing the ball forward. Has the ability to play a lot higher than League Two.

Dan Sweeney – eight

Composed on his first league start of the season and added physicality and height at the back.

Kane Wilson – eight

Grew into the game and his clever running caused Walsall a headache. Stunning delivery conjured Jamille Matt’s cushioned strike.

Nicky Cadden- seven

Orange-booted and fleet-footed throughout the game – gave Walsall plenty to think about with his speed on the counter.

Regan Hendry – seven

Another eye-catching performance. Popped up in both boxes – outstanding clearance off the line and worked the ball well with his wand of a left-foot.

Ben Stevenson – seven

Quietly gets on with his work in the midfield option and the perfect bedfellow for Regan Hendry. Played his part in the opening goal that fell to Matty Stevens via Jamille Matt

Ebou Adams – eight

Another lung-busting display from Rovers’ attacking midfield dynamo. Always on the front foot and won the penalty for Matty Stevens after being tugged down by Manny Monthe.

Matty Stevens – eight

Rejuvenated under Rob Edwards. Three goals in two games. Neat header for his first and took his penalty well, but will be disappointed to be hooked when on his hat-trick.

Jamille Matt – eight

Delightful close-range volley when getting ahead of his marker. Clinical in the box when providing an assist for Matt Stevens. Crucial to Rovers’ promotion ambitions.


Jack Aitchison (on for Stevens 63 min) – six

Taylor Allen (on for Cadden 73 min) – six

Jake Young (on for Matt 81 min) – six

Subs not used: Thomas, Cargill, Diallo, Edwards,

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