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Walsall1Shrewsbury0

Walsall 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

Craig Westcarr scored and was later sent off as Walsall boosted their play-off hopes with victory over Shrewsbury.

Westcarr put the Saddlers ahead inside five minutes, turning on the edge of the box to fire past Joe Anyon.

He also hit a post before half-time as the home side pushed for a second.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Joseph Mills was sent off for a tackle on Adam Chambers, before Westcarr saw red for violent conduct after a clash with Sam Foley.

Dean Smith's Walsall are two points behind sixth-placed Peterborough in League One, although Posh have two games in hand, while Shrewsbury are second from bottom and two points from safety.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Post match: Walsall boss Dean Smith

"The win was really important for us today, to follow up the game from Bradford and to get two successive clean sheets was really pleasing.

"The fans deserve that, we haven't won as many games as we should have at home. Some of the performances have been good without getting the points tally that we deserve.

"Westy has gone a while without scoring and he's got three in a week, in two games, and somebody now has to now step up to the plate and replace that.

"We've got players who can score goals. Can we replace Craig Westcarr? Yeah, I'm sure we can and hopefully we can do that in the next game."

Shrewsbury Town manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I'm disappointed with the result and with the sending off today. We were taking too long to move the ball and we had to move it quicker, but we didn't do that today.

"We were running out of legs, and we couldn't match Walsall.

"We have to look forward and we have to stay positive. We must find a way of controlling the game and not waiting for something to happen before we react."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 29Brandy
  • 7Chambers
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forNgooat 89'minutes
  • 10WestcarrBooked at 72mins
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 14Benning
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

Shrewsbury

  • 25Anyon
  • 5IorfaBooked at 59mins
  • 27MillsBooked at 62mins
  • 15WildigSubstituted forTaylorat 54'minutes
  • 16MkandawireBooked at 45mins
  • 18Goldson
  • 22WoodsSubstituted forParryat 83'minutes
  • 29Hall
  • 7MillerSubstituted forAtajicat 54'minutes
  • 10Foley
  • 3Jacobson

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 6Winfield
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Taylor
  • 17Parry
  • 26Atajic
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
4,222

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Foley.

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces James Baxendale.

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Ryan Woods.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) is shown the red card for fighting.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the red card.

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

Booking

Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39268572254786
2Brentford38248662352780
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Sheff Utd38149154042-251
11Port Vale39156185265-1351
12Bradford391115135048248
13Coventry391610137069148
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley361113123844-646
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
24Stevenage39108214060-2038
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