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Walsall 1-2 Gillingham

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' late winner eased the pressure on Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh as they scraped a 2-1 victory at Walsall.

Emmanuel-Thomas' free-kick six minutes from time eased the Gills away from the drop zone and into mid-table, where they are now above the Saddlers.

Gillingham went ahead in just the second minute, Cody McDonald looping home a close-range header after Walsall's defence made a mess of clearing Bradley Dack's low cross.

Walsall profited from similarly poor Gills defending to level on nine minutes, Jason McCarthy charging down Baily Cargill's clearance before sliding a cool finish between goalkeeper Stuart Nelson's legs.

Billy Knott whistled a 25-yarder just over on the half-hour for the Gills before Walsall came close to going ahead right on half-time but Franck Moussa's deflected shot was cleared off the line by Cargill.

Walsall pushed Gillingham back for most of the second half but did not really work Nelson, with their best effort, an Erhun Oztumer sighter, whistling a couple of feet wide.

And Gillingham snatched the points on 84 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas drilled in a low 20-yard free-kick that took a nick off unwitting centre-half Max Ehmer.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forBakayokoat 87'minutes
  • 5McCarthy
  • 32Toner
  • 16Preston
  • 3Laird
  • 10Oztumer
  • 44MoussaSubstituted forCuvelierat 86'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 18Ginnelly
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Dobson
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33Makris

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 5EhmerBooked at 72mins
  • 19Cargill
  • 12Konchesky
  • 11KnottSubstituted forByrneat 73'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 23DackSubstituted forOsadebeat 73'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 6Oshilaja
  • 9Donnelly
  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Cundle
  • 33Byrne
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
5,420

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 2.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Josh Wright.

Attempt blocked. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Joe Edwards.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Franck Moussa.

Attempt saved. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Gillingham 2. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cody McDonald following a set piece situation.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

Attempt blocked. Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Paul Konchesky (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Mark Byrne replaces Billy Knott.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Bradley Dack.

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Gillingham).

Kevin Toner (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Walsall) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe18124238162240
2Sheff Utd17104332201234
3Bolton18104422121034
4Bradford188822617932
5Peterborough188552819929
6Wimbledon187652822627
7Rochdale188372322127
8Bristol Rovers187652627-127
9Southend187562526-126
10Fleetwood187472624225
11Port Vale187472227-525
12Northampton186662826224
13Millwall177372929024
14Charlton175842017323
15Gillingham186572631-523
16Oxford Utd186482223-122
17Walsall175752224-222
18Bury1862102634-820
19Coventry184771622-619
20Swindon185491927-819
21MK Dons184682126-518
22Oldham18378919-1016
23Shrewsbury1835101931-1214
24Chesterfield1833121830-1212
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