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Walsall 1-0 Southend United

Walsall beat Southend in League One
Jordy Hiwula's late header could not be kept out by Southend

Jordy Hiwula kept Walsall's League One automatic promotion hopes alive as his late winner downed mid-table Southend.

The on-loan striker headed an 88th-minute corner against the underside of the bar and, although it was cleared, the assistant referee awarded a goal.

Dan Bentley had earlier made fine saves from Romaine Sawyers, Milan Lalkovic and Hiwula to keep the scores level.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved Adam Barrett's volley to deny the visitors an injury-time equaliser.

The Saddlers are now within three points of the automatic promotion places after second-placed Burton Albion were held to a 0-0 draw by Barnsley.

With a game in hand and a slightly better goal difference over Burton, automatic promotion from League One is now back in the Saddlers' own hands.

Walsall interim head coach Jon Whitney told BBC WM:

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Whitney on Walsall v Southend

"If I thought about how it's been over the past six weeks, I would be worn out. But I've got an energy about me. The players enthuse me.

"I always talk about this energy balance and we have to give it back. The players have to be energised and they are doing that.

"I'm just really pleased about the way we won and the way that we ground it out."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 5Pennington
  • 6Downing
  • 14Henry
  • 7ChambersBooked at 77mins
  • 8MantomSubstituted forCookat 81'minutes
  • 12Forde
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 74'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 4O'Connor
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 5Thompson
  • 26Barrett
  • 3Coker
  • 7Worrall
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 31minsSubstituted forHurstat 78'minutes
  • 22DeeganBooked at 81mins
  • 18Leonard
  • 17McLaughlinSubstituted forMcQueenat 70'minutes
  • 10Payne
  • 19BarnettSubstituted forLozaat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Smith
  • 14Hurst
  • 20McQueen
  • 23Loza
  • 24O'Neill
  • 43Malarczyk
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
5,732

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 0.

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

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Sam McQueen (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Sam McQueen (Southend United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Southend United 0. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieron Morris with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

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

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

Booking

Kieron Morris (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces Tyrone Barnett.

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Worrall.

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

Foul by Adam Thompson (Southend United).

Attempt blocked. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Sam Mantom.

Booking

Gary Deegan (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gary Deegan (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Sam McQueen (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Kevan Hurst replaces Will Atkinson.

Hand ball by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

David Worrall (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan422214672393380
2Burton422381151351677
3Walsall412111960421874
4Bradford422011114839971
5Millwall422091364471769
6Gillingham4219111266481868
7Barnsley422061663511266
8Rochdale421810146253964
9Sheff Utd421711146153862
10Scunthorpe421711145346762
11Port Vale431711155251162
12Coventry4216121461461560
13Southend421611155555059
14Peterborough42176197366757
15Bury421512155163-1257
16Swindon42149195768-1151
17Chesterfield42147215466-1249
18Oldham421018144253-1148
19Fleetwood421114174952-347
20Shrewsbury411211185066-1647
21Blackpool43129223954-1545
22Doncaster421011214460-1641
23Colchester42911225391-3838
24Crewe42612244278-3630
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