League One
Wimbledon1Walsall0

AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Walsall

Lyle Taylor grabbed the only goal of the game as AFC Wimbledon beat Walsall to record a first win in eight matches in all competitions.

The Dons came into the match without a victory since beating Oxford on January 14, a run that started with their 3-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Sutton three days later.

But Taylor's 12th goal of the season was enough to earn them all three points in this game as Walsall suffered a first defeat in three games.

Home goalkeeper James Shea stopped Walsall full-back Jason McCarthy's fierce drive, while Dons midfielder Tom Soares was inches away from scoring in a first half low on chances.

Dannie Bulman forced Neil Etheridge into a brilliant full-stretch save after the restart as the Dons pushed for the victory.

And Taylor gave the Dons three points with a cool finish at the second attempt to finally get the hosts' season back on track.

The striker completely missed the ball at the first attempt, before burying his second effort from 12 yards.

Tom Elliott missed a good chance to double the lead in the 89th minute and almost paid the price as Walsall came close to a late leveller.

Shea batted O'Connor's shot off the line before visiting substitute Scott Laird hit the bar in the 90th minute, but Wimbledon deservedly hung on for the win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 1Shea
  • 7FrancombBooked at 90mins
  • 32Charles
  • 6Robinson
  • 22Kelly
  • 8ReevesBooked at 64mins
  • 4Bulman
  • 14Soares
  • 17Barcham
  • 9Elliott
  • 33TaylorSubstituted forPoleonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Nightingale
  • 10Poleon
  • 18Parrett
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 23Barnett
  • 24McDonnell
  • 31Owens

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 32O'Connell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16PrestonSubstituted forBakayokoat 73'minutes
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14OsbourneBooked at 76mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 11Morris
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forLairdat 86'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
4,586

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Walsall 0.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Scott Laird (Walsall) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. James O'Connor (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Darius Charles.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erhun Oztumer (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Scott Laird replaces Joe Edwards.

Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Lyle Taylor.

Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Matt Preston.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Walsall 0. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Barcham following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Attempt blocked. Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Booking

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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