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Walsall 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Cian Bolger
Fleetwood's win was a perfect response to a home defeat by Bolton in their previous game

Fleetwood Town got their promotion push back in top gear as they brought Walsall's winning home run to an end at Bescot.

After suffering their first league defeat in four months at home to Bolton on Saturday, Cian Bolger's first-half header was enough to give the Cod Army three points.

The visitors also hit the woodwork through Ben Davies and Ashley Hunter.

It was a poor display from Walsall, who failed to get a shot on target.

Top scorer Erhun Oztumer's last-minute curling left-foot free-kick just wide of the left upright was the closest the Saddlers came to a goal, as they failed to add to their sequence of six straight home wins.

While Walsall are five points adrift of a play-off place, Fleetwood stayed second, in the table, still a point ahead of Bolton, who have a game in hand.

The only goal came on 22 minutes when Bolger headed home a left-wing corner from on-loan Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan, who was then denied by a great save to his left from home keeper Neil Etheridge.

From Bolger's initial far-post header, centre-half partner Ben Davies then headed against the bar and after the break, Ashley Hunter went close with an impudent angled lob, before his left-foot shot was touched onto the post.

Fleetwood's victory extended their unbeaten run away from home to 11 matches - but there were only 142 visiting fans there to see it.

Walsall manager Jon Whitney told BBC WM:

"A lot of effort but not a lot of quality. We knew it was going to be very tight. We knew it could be a one-goal game.

"It's always disappointing to concede from a set piece but Cian Bolger was the difference between the two sides.

"We lost Eoghan O'Connell, who broke his nose five minutes before he came off with some hamstring pain too. But now have to regroup before going down to sunny Southend on Saturday.

"We've got one game less now and you're laying on other people to slip up. But all we can do is control the controllables."

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's an absolute delight for me, the club and the players that we bounced back against a team who have won six on the trot here and are knocking on the door.

"Especially when I saw who we had unavailable. We were another two players short and had people playing out of position.

"We carried on from Saturday, we played really first half and could have been more than one goal up at half time, we hit the bar and had one cleared off the line.

"In the second half, we were a little bit shaky but we did what we had to. And they did not have one shot on target."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 32O'ConnellSubstituted forPrestonat 36'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Laird
  • 5McCarthy
  • 6DobsonSubstituted forMakrisat 73'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 14Osbourne
  • 2Edwards
  • 10Oztumer
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forBakayokoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Morris
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 35Ekpolo
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34DempseySubstituted forGlendonat 85'minutes
  • 38Schwabl
  • 4BrannaganSubstituted forBallat 70'minutes
  • 3Bell
  • 11Grant
  • 22Hunter

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 10Ball
  • 14Davis
  • 15Nirennold
  • 18Glendon
  • 39Reid
  • 43Maguire
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,890

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Fleetwood Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Fleetwood Town 1.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bobby Grant.

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Markus Schwabl (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elohor Godswill Ekpolo (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. George Glendon replaces Kyle Dempsey.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Walsall) header from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Delay in match Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces George Dobson.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. David Ball replaces Cameron Brannagan.

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

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Simeon Jackson.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

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

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Hand ball by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Elohor Godswill Ekpolo.

Attempt saved. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Cameron Brannagan (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cameron Brannagan.

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd37229671422975
2Fleetwood371910855361967
3Bolton36199854312366
4Scunthorpe3818101065442164
5Bradford381518550351563
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend3715121055451057
8Bristol Rovers381412125657-154
9Walsall381314114546-153
10Oxford Utd36157144741652
11Peterborough38149155353051
12Wimbledon371214114946350
13Rochdale35148135150150
14Northampton38147175661-549
15Charlton381017114844447
16Gillingham381112155063-1345
17MK Dons371111154749-244
18Bury38128185764-744
19Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
20Oldham381013152537-1243
21Port Vale35911153956-1738
22Swindon3899203957-1836
23Chesterfield3889213661-2533
24Coventry37511213058-2826
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