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Walsall 2-1 Stevenage

Craig Westcarr

Walsall pulled off their first home win since the opening day of the season to beat Stevenage at the Banks's Stadium.

Ashley Hemmings set up Romaine Sawyers' side-footed opener on 11 minutes.

James Baxendale then released Craig Westcarr after the restart to make it 2-0, hammering a low left-footed shot for his seventh goal of the season.

Francois Zoko pulled one back on 72 minutes when keeper Richard O'Donnell dropped Luke Freeman's cross, but Boro then had Lucas Akins sent off late on.

The Stevenage striker received his marching orders in the 80th minute for punching Saddlers defender Paul Downing after the ball had gone, referee Andy Madley producing the red card after consulting with his fourth official.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Several of the lads were very unwell. When food poisoning hits your camp, it's difficult.

"Take nothing away from the opposition, they worked hard for the points. We were way short in the first half and I think it's understandable with the level of sickness we have had in the side.

On Akins' red card: "There was an arm to the body when he was trying to break free from a headlock.

"I think he [the fourth official] got the needle because I threw a ball on the pitch, and the next minute I'm having a player sent off and no one else had seen the incident."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3TaylorBooked at 74mins
  • 8Mantom
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 88'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forHewittat 84'minutes
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forLalkovicat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22GrayBooked at 58minsSubstituted forDunneat 62'minutes
  • 29HartleyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forAndradeat 46'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 5Ashton
  • 6Jones
  • 7Morais
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forTanseyat 45+1'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsBooked at 80mins
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 8Dunne
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 17Tansey
  • 25Andrade
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
3,720

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Stevenage 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Stevenage 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Jones.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Jones.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julian Gray (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

  8. Post update

    Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

  10. Post update

    Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Ashley Hemmings.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces James Baxendale.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).