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Scunthorpe United 0-1 Walsall

Rico Henry
Walsall defender Rico Henry scored his second goal of the season

Walsall moved to within a point the pressure on League One leaders Burton Albion as Rico Henry sealed all three points against Scunthorpe United.

The hosts almost took the lead when Joe Lolley beat the Walsall back line but Neil Etheridge saved his curling shot.

But the Saddlers went ahead when Jordan Cook flicked the ball to Henry who fired past Iron keeper Luke Daniels.

Scott Laird could have rescued a point for Scunthorpe late on but he nodded his effort straight at Etheridge.

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Mark Robins on Scunthorpe United v Walsall

Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins told BBC Humberside:

"It's a disappointing result. There's no doubt we've done well at stages. We've created chances and we've not taken them.

"We've had quite a bit of the ball, we've gone forward and we've been on our heels in the penalty area when balls have come into the box.

"Then we've switched off for one and we've not followed a run and it's ended up in the back of our net.

"The players know they've got to do better at the critical moments in games and in the critical areas in games we'll remain positive."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

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Dean Smith on Scunthorpe v Walsall

"That was one of my most pleasing results of the season in terms of performance, and discipline, and doggedness.

"I knew it would be a tough game. I've played on this pitch, it's tight and I didn't think they'd give us much time on the ball and they didn't, they got in our faces.

"How we worked the goal was fantastic. A great touch and flick from Jordan Cook and Rico Henry has gone through and finished it like a seasoned goalscorer.

"I'm really pleased for him. He gives you no problems, he just gets on with it and does his job and he's a quick learner."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 2Wiseman
  • 23Wallace
  • 18King
  • 3LairdBooked at 65mins
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forWoottonat 69'minutes
  • 12Bishop
  • 26NessSubstituted forMcAllisterat 45'minutes
  • 17LolleySubstituted forAdelakunat 79'minutes
  • 28McSheffrey
  • 9Madden

Substitutes

  • 4McAllister
  • 8Syers
  • 13Anyon
  • 16Adelakun
  • 22Hopper
  • 29Wootton
  • 33Clarke

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 72mins
  • 14Henry
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 2Demetriou
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 21CookSubstituted forFlanaganat 76'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
2,596

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 1.

Attempt missed. Rico Henry (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Jordan Cook.

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

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

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Booking

Neil Etheridge (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Kevin van Veen.

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Scunthorpe United).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack King (Scunthorpe United).

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

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

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

Foul by Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

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

Joe Lolley (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton10712127522
2Walsall106311661021
3Gillingham106221991020
4Bury105412015519
5Rochdale105231510517
6Sheff Utd105231714317
7Coventry95131610616
8Colchester104421717016
9Wigan104331413115
10Southend104331110115
11Barnsley94231312114
12Millwall104241416-214
13Port Vale103431211113
14Swindon103341617-112
15Peterborough103251616011
16Shrewsbury103251112-111
17Chesterfield103251315-211
18Oldham10172913-410
19Bradford10244915-610
20Fleetwood102351418-49
21Scunthorpe10226813-58
22Doncaster10154713-68
23Blackpool10226817-98
24Crewe101361018-86
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