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Walsall 1-4 Swindon Town

Michael Smith
Michael Smith has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Swindon so far this season

Michael Smith's 10th league goal of the season helped Swindon to a comfortable victory over Walsall.

Swindon took an early lead when Smith converted Nathan Byrne's cross before Tom Bradshaw capitalised on a loose ball to level for the Saddlers.

Massimo Luongo fired home at the near post to put the Robins ahead shortly after half-time.

Smith then set-up Andy Williams for a third Swindon goal before the same pair combined to seal victory.

Swindon, who have now won five of their last six matches in League One, remain third, a point behind leaders Bristol City, while Walsall, who had been unbeaten in their previous seven league games, drop to 15th.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Walsall v Swindon

"It's a brilliant result. It wasn't our most scintillating of games but sometimes that happens. We scored early, probably a little bit too early.

"I thought they played really well in the first half and caused us more problems than a lot of teams.

"I had a few choice words at half-time because I didn't feel we were competing.

"They went out second half and I thought they were exceptional. It was a great start to the second half for us."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2PurkissBooked at 60mins
  • 15Chambers
  • 6Downing
  • 25Henry
  • 27Forde
  • 7ChambersBooked at 35mins
  • 12Cain
  • 21Cook
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forGrimesat 67'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMansetat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 37Manset

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 2ThompsonSubstituted forReevesat 71'minutes
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 19Thompson
  • 29Branco
  • 4LuongoBooked at 24minsSubstituted forKasimat 66'minutes
  • 7GladwinSubstituted forToffoloat 56'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 12Bell
  • 14Reeves
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20Obika
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
5,696

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 4.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Michael Cain (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Tom Bradshaw.

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jake Reeves replaces Nathan Thompson.

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Yaser Kasim replaces Massimo Luongo.

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

Booking

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 4. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Smith with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Harry Toffolo replaces Ben Gladwin.

Michael Cain (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 3. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by James Chambers.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 2. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City22136339211845
2MK Dons21135348192944
3Swindon22135443222144
4Preston22135435201544
5Bradford229673026433
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Rochdale2294939291031
8Notts County218762723431
9Chesterfield228773231131
10Peterborough2293103029130
11Oldham227962933-430
12Port Vale228592931-229
13Doncaster218582327-429
14Fleetwood227692122-127
15Walsall226972022-227
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Scunthorpe217592836-826
18Gillingham226792632-625
19Coventry226792431-725
20Leyton Orient2257102934-522
21Crawley2257102136-1522
22Crewe2264121940-2122
23Colchester2255122740-1320
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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