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Walsall 3-1 Preston North End

Andy Butler
Andy Butler scored on his only appearance for Sheffield United this season - in the League Cup

Walsall beat Preston to claim a first league win of the season as Andy Butler made a successful return to Bescot.

Romaine Sawyers met an early Adam Chambers pull-back to put the Saddlers one up before Jordan Hugill squared for Joe Garner to level by half-time.

Tom Bradshaw met Anthony Forde's cross to head Walsall back on 49 minutes.

But, after Hugill was sent off for reacting to a solid challenge from on-loan Butler with an apparent headbutt, Paul Downing headed home the clincher.

The Walsall stand-in skipper, deputising for the injured Sam Mantom, met another Forde corner, to plant a near-post 76th minute header - just after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men.

Former Saddlers captain Butler, who rejoined the club on loan from Sheffield United in midweek, lasted the full 90 minutes on his first league appearance of the season.

Walsall, for whom Bradshaw struck his fourth goal of the season, climb to 18th, just two points behind 10th-placed Preston, who suffered their first defeat of the campaign.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"A well deserved victory against a really good team and we had to be strong because they're a strong and powerful team.

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Smith on Walsall v Preston

'We scored some good goals which was really pleasing.

"The cross from Anthony Forde and the run and the header from Tom Bradshaw were fantastic for the second goal.

"There were a lot of players there today who could be first team starters as well, so it shows we've got strength in depth."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'DonnellBooked at 69mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 44Butler
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 27Forde
  • 14BenningBooked at 71mins
  • 17Flanagan
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forCliffordat 45'minutes
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forBaxendaleat 80'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMansetat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Morris
  • 22Kinsella
  • 24Grimes
  • 26Clifford
  • 37Manset

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 15Woods
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Buchanan
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 77'minutes
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 22King
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
  • 18LittleSubstituted forHugillat 20'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 4Wiseman
  • 9Davies
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 25Hugill
  • 30Brownhill
  • 31Browne
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
4,776

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 3, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 3, Preston North End 1.

Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Calum Woods (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Chris Humphrey.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, Preston North End 1. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Malvind Benning (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

Booking

Richard O'Donnell (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the red card.

Foul by Andy Butler (Walsall).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City7520124817
2Peterborough7511126616
3MK Dons6411148613
4Chesterfield6411105513
5Coventry733197212
6Swindon6321106411
7Fleetwood732264211
8Bradford7313109110
9Sheff Utd631265110
10Preston62319639
11Oldham72327709
12Crawley7304410-69
13Barnsley6222121118
14Notts County62226518
15Gillingham7223911-28
16Yeovil7223811-38
17Rochdale721411927
18Walsall71426607
19Doncaster621369-37
20Leyton Orient613256-16
21Colchester7124710-35
22Port Vale7124812-45
23Scunthorpe7115517-124
24Crewe6105614-83
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