Nine man Saddlers win
Walsall were reduced to nine men before Dwayne Mattis headed the winner to embarrass Brighton.
Last Updated: 20/09/08 8:34pm
Walsall were reduced to nine men before Dwayne Mattis' first goal for the club embarrassed Brighton in the 1-0 win at Withdean Stadium.
Midfielder Mattis settled the issue a minute before the interval by expertly heading in a fine free-kick from substitute Chris Palmer.
The Saddlers were left with it all to do after Rhys Weston and Netan Sansara were both dismissed with straight red cards.
Weston received his marching orders for a two-footed challenge on Dean Cox before defender Sansara was dismissed for bringing down Gary Hart.
The Seagulls - yet to win at home in the league this season - pushed Walsall back after the break but the Saddlers defended stoutly and keeper Clayton Ince made a series of important saves.
Ince's best save came soon after the interval when, from a cross by Hart, he tipped over Glenn Murray's firm header.