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Swindon Town 1-3 Walsall

Ashley Hemmings

Goals from Ashley Hemmings and Sam Mantom gave Walsall victory at Swindon, consigning Mark Cooper's side to a first home league loss of the season.

Hemmings gave Walsall the lead with a shot from outside the area while Mantom doubled their lead from close range, before later hitting the crossbar.

Walsall sealed the points when Hemmings grabbed his second of the night with a neat finish from 12 yards.

Nile Ranger grabbed a late consolation for Swindon with a close-range header.

Walsall's fine away form has helped to lift Dean Smith's men into the League One top six for the first time this season.

The Saddlers have now gone five league games without defeat on the road, including victories at Crewe, Wolves and now Swindon, as well as enjoying the mantle of being the first team to take points off leaders Orient this season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham told BBC Wiltshire:

"I don't think there are many positives to take from it, if I'm honest.

"They put an extra man in midfield which made it difficult for us to get on the ball.

"If we start kicking the ball forward I guarantee we'll be in the relegation zone at the end of the season because that's not how we play.

"We've not got the players to do that. We're a footballing side but today it was about concentration."

Walsall forward Ashley Hemmings told BBC WM:

"For the first goal, when the ball came out, I just thought 'hit it first time'. When it hit the back of the net I was buzzing.

"The second one was a great team goal. I just took a touch and slotted it home.

"I nearly had three and to be honest I thought the shot which went just wide was going in. But I'm happy with two.

"Last year wasn't so great, I was in and out of the team. This season I just wanted to secure my place and do well for the team."

Line-ups

Swindon

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2ThompsonSubstituted forBarthramat 59'minutes
  • 14McEveleyBooked at 61mins
  • 4Luongo
  • 5HallBooked at 90mins
  • 22Ward
  • 3ByrneSubstituted forN'Guessanat 51'minutes
  • 15Kasim
  • 9Ranger
  • 33AjoseSubstituted forMasonat 45'minutes
  • 11PritchardBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 8Mason
  • 12N'Guessan
  • 19Thompson
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 34El-Gabbas

Walsall

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Featherstone
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 72'minutes
  • 7ChambersBooked at 77mins
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forLalkovicat 84'minutes
  • 8MantomBooked at 32mins
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forHewittat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
8,188

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

  4. Post update

    Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Grant Hall (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Julian Gray (Walsall).

  7. Booking

    Grant Hall (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Troy Hewitt (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hall (Swindon Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by James Chambers.

  12. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

  15. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Ashley Hemmings.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

  18. Post update

    Julian Gray (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Craig Westcarr.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 1, Walsall 3. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient13102132112132
2Peterborough1310212481632
3Wolves129212371629
4Preston136522115623
5Bradford1364323121122
6Walsall136431713422
7Brentford136341817121
8Swindon136252316720
9Rotherham135531919020
10MK Dons135442117419
11Crawley125431817119
12Port Vale135261718-117
13Carlisle124351120-915
14Coventry137333022814
15Shrewsbury132741315-213
16Colchester132741218-613
17Gillingham133371622-612
18Crewe133371128-1712
19Oldham123271418-411
20Stevenage133281321-811
21Sheff Utd132381020-109
22Tranmere132381126-159
23Notts County122191423-97
24Bristol City120661624-86
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