Walsall's new Portuguese star, Carlos Fangueiro, scored a late equaliser on his debut for Walsall and is already hoping to earn an extension to his contract when it expires at the end of January.

Signed last week after one impressive appearance for the reserves, the tricky winger popped up in the penalty box to notch the stoppage-time point-saver and became an instant hit with the 679 travelling fans.

Not a spectacular goal, but certainly a vital one which extended the Saddlers' unbeaten run to four games, and after his appearance as a second half substitute against lively Lincoln he is likely to start in tomorrow night's Carling Cup first round tie with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

Fangueiro, who had a spell at Millwall where he was signed by former Walsall manager Colin Lee, could have returned to Portugal and played for top division club Academica. But the father of quads said: "I want to prove to myself that I can score goals and play well in England. It was a nice start for me and I was happy to score for Walsall."

Fangueiro arrived at Bescot for a trial after his agent contacted Paul Taylor, former director of football for Walsall who has rejoined the club this season as a consultant.

His goal came in the third and last minute of stoppage time when Anthony Gerrard's deep through ball was glanced on by Martin Butler. Chesting the ball down, Fangueiro had to shoot quickly before he was tackled and his strike had just enough power to escape the outstretched hand of diving goalkeeper Alan Marriott and trickle over the line.

While the newcomer grabbed the headlines, however, much credit was due to manager Richard Money who could see that his first half line-up was not working and, with the team two goals adrift, he sent on Fangueiro and Craig Pead at the start of the second half.

Mark Wright and Mark Kinsella had both struggled to make any impact against the determined Imps, and when young winger Ishmel Demon-tagnac replaced the labouring Danny Fox, the transformation was complete.

The Saddlers began to play flowing football with the ball on the ground, Lincoln lost the control they had enjoyed so comfortably earlier in the match, and the fight was on.

Yet it was not until the 80th minute that Walsall pulled a goal back, vastly improved defender Kris Taylor showing great skill in the opposition box to chip an opponent and fire a low drive past keeper Marriott.

Cue a desperate onslaught spearheaded by the skilful Pead, and the late equaliser was no more than the Saddlers deserved.

Few would have expected such a turn about after Scott Kerr had driven in a low shot to put Lincoln ahead in 13 minutes and Lee Frecklington added a fine second with a diving header from Jamie Forrester's cross.

Manager Money was pleased with the revival, and said: "We deserved to get something out of it. The game is about 90 minutes, or 93 minutes in this case, and we sneaked a result.

"I didn't have a go at the players at half-time. I tried to be as constructive as I could. In the first half we just kicked it long, and I don't know where that has come from. In the second half we got it down and played properly, and got our reward."

Skipper Dean Keates, playing against his former club, could only watch as the ball repeatedly flew over his head in the early part of the game.

He said: "We showed great character in the second half, and that's the positive thing to take from this game."

Having set up a new club record of three successive wins with no goals conceded at the start of the season, however, Walsall showed weaknesses in this match that will need addressing.