League One
Walsall1Chesterfield0

Walsall 1-0 Chesterfield

Scott Laird's close-range strike moved Walsall up to eighth in League One and sent second-bottom Chesterfield a step closer to relegation.

Defender Laird's fourth goal of the season eight minutes into the second half pushed the Saddlers to within six points of the play-offs, while Chesterfield remain eight points adrift of safety.

Only a fine display from veteran stopper Thorsten Stuckmann prevented the Spireites from suffering a heavier defeat.

He spread himself well to stop Isaiah Osbourne poking home from 12 yards after 25 minutes before Chesterfield's best effort saw Kristian Dennis' strike fly straight at Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Stuckmann made another good stop after 37 minutes, a strong one-handed diving save preventing Kieron Morris' 18-yard shot finding the bottom corner after a fine solo run.

The 35-year-old was at it again five minutes later, getting another strong hand to Simeon Jackson's near-post strike after an error from Spireites skipper Ian Evatt.

But Stuckmann was helpless for Walsall's 53rd-minute goal as James O'Connor glanced on Erhun Oztumer's near-post corner and Laird bundled the ball home from close range.

Walsall's sixth straight home victory is their best run at Bescot since winning the first seven games during their promotion-winning campaign under Richard Money in League Two 10 seasons ago.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 32O'Connell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Laird
  • 5McCarthy
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forDobsonat 77'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 14Osbourne
  • 2Edwards
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forMakrisat 84'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forBakayokoat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Chesterfield

  • 38Stuckmann
  • 23Anderson
  • 6Evatt
  • 19Donohue
  • 24Kakay
  • 8MartínezSubstituted forGardnerat 57'minutes
  • 4Hird
  • 28GrimshawBooked at 81mins
  • 3JonesSubstituted forMitchellat 58'minutes
  • 10Ebanks-Blake
  • 20DennisSubstituted forFaupalaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gardner
  • 11Mitchell
  • 12Fulton
  • 15Faupala
  • 22Simons
  • 25Humphreys
  • 32El-Fitouri
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,963

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Chesterfield 0.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.

Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

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

Attempt saved. Sam Hird (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

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

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Tom Anderson (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

David Faupala (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Thorsten Stuckmann.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Hand ball by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. David Faupala replaces Kristian Dennis.

Booking

Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield).

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Kieron Morris.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

Foul by Osman Kakay (Chesterfield).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Tom Anderson (Chesterfield).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Thorsten Stuckmann.

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

Hand ball by Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe361710961402161
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Walsall361313104444052
9Bristol Rovers361312115454051
10Peterborough36148144948150
11Oxford Utd34147134438649
12Rochdale33147124846249
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14Charlton361015114642445
15MK Dons351110144545043
16Northampton36127175360-743
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3687213257-2531
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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