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Walsall 1-0 Swindon Town

Swindon's League One survival hopes suffered a major setback after defeat at Walsall left them two points from safety with two games remaining.

Joe Edwards' 85th-minute winner for Walsall was a blow for the 22nd-placed Robins, especially with the two sides above them - Port Vale and Bury - having a game in hand.

Walsall almost led inside a minute as Jason McCarthy would have swept home Kieron Morris' cross from 10 yards out if not for Robins defender Dion Conroy's goalline clearance.

Swindon responded as Fankaty Dabo lashed inches wide from 25 yards and Ben Gladwin was denied a brilliant solo goal by a superb one-handed stop from Walsall keeper Craig MacGillivray.

Town's Charlie Colkett curled inches wide on the stroke of half-time and despite being second best after the break they almost won it with nine minutes left.

However, MacGillivray produced another wonderful fingertip save to thwart Gladwin's glancing header and Walsall won it four minutes later.

Substitute Erhun Oztumer picked out Edwards and he advanced into the box before drilling a cool finish across Lawrence Vigouroux.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 56mins
  • 32O'Connell
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14OsbourneSubstituted forDobsonat 75'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 11Morris
  • 2Edwards
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forOztumerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 35Hayles-Docherty
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley

Swindon

  • 1Vigouroux
  • 27Barry
  • 29Branco
  • 25Conroy
  • 21DaboSubstituted forBrophyat 77'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 4C ThomasSubstituted forGoddardat 66'minutes
  • 20Colkett
  • 7Gladwin
  • 19Ajose
  • 9Obika

Substitutes

  • 3Ormonde-Ottewill
  • 5Rodgers
  • 10Goddard
  • 11Brophy
  • 12Henry
  • 22Starkey
  • 33Norris
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
5,196

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

Attempt blocked. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Dion Conroy (Swindon Town).

Delay in match Adam Chambers (Walsall) because of an injury.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bradley Barry.

Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt blocked. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. John Goddard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. James Brophy replaces Fankaty Dabo.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

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

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Barry (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Andreas Makris.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. John Goddard replaces Conor Thomas.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. James O'Connor (Walsall) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Dion Conroy (Swindon Town).

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Andreas Makris (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall).

Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Fankaty Dabo.

Booking

James O'Connor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

(Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

Attempt blocked. Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Sheff Utd442810686454194
2Bolton4323101063362779
3Fleetwood4422121061412078
4Scunthorpe4422101275522376
5Bradford441918758421675
6Millwall4419131262511170
7Southend4419121369521769
8Rochdale441910156960967
9Bristol Rovers441812146362166
10Oxford Utd44189176052863
11Peterborough441611175857159
12MK Dons441513165654258
13Walsall431416135052-258
14Wimbledon441317145252056
15Charlton441218145552354
16Northampton441410206070-1052
17Oldham441215173043-1351
18Gillingham441213195776-1949
19Shrewsbury441212204561-1648
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale431112204468-2445
22Swindon441111224361-1844
23Chesterfield44910254073-3337
24Coventry44812243565-3036
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