League One
WalsallWalsall1YeovilYeovil Town2

Yeovil Town collected their first league goals and victory of the season at the expense of struggling Walsall.

After a first half which saw both sides waste good chances, James Hayter's header from Kevin Dawson's cross put the Glovers ahead after the interval.

Tom Bradshaw equalised from close range for the Saddlers, but they conceded a minute later.

Dawson went from provider to scorer as he forced the ball home for a first Yeovil win back in League One.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

"I feel very disappointed, we should've been three goals to the good in the first half.

"We've carved them open a number of times, but couldn't take our chances.

"We expected them to come out of the traps in the second half because Gary would have told them he wasn't happy the way we were carving them open.

"The way we reacted to their second goal wasn't good. We should've had a penalty, but fell away after that."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

"We definitely deserved the victory.

"In the first half we had a position of strength and we kept them down to limited chances.

"But I wanted to get into them a little bit at half-time because we were defending well but not getting in amongst them, there wasn't that real passion to get a goal.

"And all of a sudden they did come out and they showed each other what you need to win football matches."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 22KinsellaBooked at 55mins
  • 6Downing
  • 5Holden
  • 3Taylor
  • 26CliffordSubstituted forMorrisat 77'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 24GrimesBooked at 60mins
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forBakayokoat 83'minutes
  • 14BenningSubstituted forFordeat 63'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 27Forde
  • 28Rowley

Yeovil

  • 1Weale
  • 6SokolikBooked at 65mins
  • 5Martin
  • 20NugentBooked at 90mins
  • 11FoleyBooked at 86minsSubstituted forRalphat 90+3'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 7DawsonSubstituted forHoskinsat 81'minutes
  • 23Gillett
  • 3SmithBooked at 78mins
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 9Hayter

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 12Krysiak
  • 13Moore
  • 14Hoskins
  • 16Ralph
  • 21Brooks
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,758

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Nathan Ralph replaces Sam Foley.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town).

  11. Booking

    Sam Foley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Sam Foley (Yeovil Town).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Kevin Dawson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  19. Booking

    Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Billy Clifford.