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Walsall 0-2 Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient beefed up their League One survival fight with a fully-deserved win at stuttering Walsall.

Second-half goals from Ryan Hedges and Chris Dagnall sunk the Saddlers, whose play-offs hopes are fading after four games without a win.

Orient were always the better side and went ahead when Ryan Hedges finished off Dagnall's 57th-minute chip.

Three minutes later Hedges turned provider, feeding Dagnall who fired high into the net to seal the points.

Victory brings Orient within a point of Coventry, who occupy the place above the relegation zone.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"It was a frustrating afternoon. Leyton Orient fully deserved to win. They worked hard, made it difficult for us.

"We needed to play in their half, but we didn't do that. They came with a game plan and we kept playing into it.

"Some of our senior players looked nervous. They are willing lads who give 100% but we've got to be bette. It's about staying together and being ready to go again on Tuesday night at Yeovil."

Leyton Orient striker Chris Dagnall told BBC London 94.9:

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Dagnall on Walsall v Leyton Orient

"It's all about confidence, we've been playing well in certain games and not been getting the results.

"But the lads kept their confidence up and it has shown in the past two or three games.

"We've got something to prove to ourselves as we don't believe we should be where we are in the league, we want to get out of the relegation fight as soon as we can."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2PurkissBooked at 56mins
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 30Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 7Chambers
  • 12CainSubstituted forFlanaganat 66'minutes
  • 21CookSubstituted forGrimesat 74'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forBakayokoat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Grimes
  • 29Murphy

Leyton Orient

  • 40Cisak
  • 26O'Neill
  • 12LowrySubstituted forCuthbertat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Baudry
  • 32Dossena
  • 34HedgesSubstituted forCoxat 75'minutes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 17Wright
  • 11McAnuff
  • 23DagnallSubstituted forSimpsonat 83'minutes
  • 10Mooney

Substitutes

  • 3Sawyer
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 7Cox
  • 15Clarke
  • 20Bartley
  • 27Simpson
  • 33Woods
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
5,239

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Leyton Orient 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Leyton Orient 2.

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Cox (Leyton Orient).

Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Scott Cuthbert replaces Shane Lowry.

Attempt missed. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mathieu Baudry.

Attempt missed. Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Jay Simpson replaces Chris Dagnall.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Hand ball by David Mooney (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Andrea Dossena (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Dean Cox replaces Ryan Hedges.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Jordan Cook.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by James O'Connor.

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

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient).

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Shane Lowry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Leyton Orient).

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Michael Cain.

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient).

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Leyton Orient 2. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Hedges.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Leyton Orient 1. Ryan Hedges (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Dagnall.

Booking

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City33217562303270
2MK Dons33188767333462
3Preston32188651282362
4Swindon33187859352461
5Sheff Utd3215894637953
6Doncaster33139114140148
7Chesterfield33129124744345
8Bradford32129114138345
9Port Vale33136144245-345
10Peterborough33135154043-344
11Fleetwood33128133236-444
12Barnsley33135154348-544
13Oldham321110114148-743
14Gillingham33119134650-442
15Rochdale31125145243941
16Walsall331011123336-341
17Scunthorpe32118134448-441
18Crewe33116163255-2339
19Notts County32108143340-738
20Coventry32812123444-1036
21Leyton Orient3298154348-535
22Colchester3397173955-1634
23Crawley33810153557-2234
24Yeovil3379172648-2230
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