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Chesterfield 1-4 Walsall

Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom
Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom took his tally for the season to eight goals

Walsall responded to the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll by beating Chesterfield for their first win in seven matches.

Chesterfield led on 19 minutes from James O'Connor's own goal, only for another own goal, sliced in off Tom Anderson, to level it by the break.

Sam Mantom put Walsall in front before Chesterfield had Dion Donohue sent off.

But two goals in four minutes from on-loan Jordy Hiwula, who ran clear to score, and midfielder Mantom sealed victory against the 10-man Spireites.

In their first game under new boss Jon Whitney, Walsall's 10th away league win of the season moved them back to within three points of second-placed Wigan Athletic.

Mantom drilled home his first from the edge of the box on 57 minutes, before adding his second on 75 minutes when he rounded off another precise passing move.

But the celebrations turned ugly when players from both sides clashed, producing a red card for Donohue and yellows for three other players.

Walsall boss Jon Whitney told BBC WM:

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Whitney on Chesterfield v Walsall

"It caps off a really good week. If you think back to last Sunday when I found out after Sean's dismissal, straightaway I'm thinking: 'Right, how can I get the lads ready for this?'

"We started off just thinking about us, respecting the opposition but it was all about getting back to that early season form where we were really fluid.

"I don't think Chesterfield had enough for us, Our movement was fantastic and we came out deserved winners in the end."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 25TalbotSubstituted forJohnat 69'minutes
  • 4HirdBooked at 60mins
  • 23Anderson
  • 19DonohueBooked at 61mins
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 5Liddle
  • 17Dimaio
  • 24BanksBooked at 59mins
  • 10O'SheaSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 73'minutes
  • 11NovakBooked at 68minsSubstituted forHumphreysat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ebanks-Blake
  • 15Humphreys
  • 16Raglan
  • 20Chapman
  • 22Simons
  • 32Slew
  • 34John

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 79'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 14Henry
  • 10Sawyers
  • 8MantomBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMorrisat 88'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Demetriou
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forLalkovicat 84'minutes
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 22Kinsella
  • 27Morris
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
6,938

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 4.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

(Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield).

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

Foul by Tom Anderson (Chesterfield).

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Bryn Morris replaces Sam Mantom.

Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Ritchie Humphreys replaces Lee Novak.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Andy Taylor.

Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 1, Walsall 4. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Chesterfield).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Jay O'Shea.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 1, Walsall 3. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Declan John replaces Drew Talbot.

Booking

Lee Novak (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Rico Henry (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Dismissal

Dion Donohue (Chesterfield) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Booking

Sam Mantom (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Booking

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 1, Walsall 2. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Demetriou.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton36225946311571
2Wigan361714559342565
3Gillingham361881063432062
4Walsall351711754371762
5Millwall361781157431459
6Bradford361610104337658
7Coventry3615101158401855
8Barnsley36174155748955
9Port Vale371510124441355
10Southend36159124844454
11Sheff Utd361410125247552
12Rochdale36149134846251
13Scunthorpe36149134242051
14Swindon35147145553249
15Bury36139144558-1348
16Peterborough36136176059145
17Shrewsbury36128164454-1044
18Chesterfield36125194758-1141
19Fleetwood351010154345-240
20Doncaster36910173749-1237
21Blackpool3698193347-1435
22Oldham34616123347-1434
23Crewe36612183763-2630
24Colchester36610204584-3928
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