League One
WalsallWalsall1SwindonSwindon Town4
Michael Smith
Michael Smith has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Swindon so far this season

Michael Smith's 10th league goal of the season helped Swindon to a comfortable victory over Walsall.

Swindon took an early lead when Smith converted Nathan Byrne's cross before Tom Bradshaw capitalised on a loose ball to level for the Saddlers.

Massimo Luongo fired home at the near post to put the Robins ahead shortly after half-time.

Smith then set-up Andy Williams for a third Swindon goal before the same pair combined to seal victory.

Swindon, who have now won five of their last six matches in League One, remain third, a point behind leaders Bristol City, while Walsall, who had been unbeaten in their previous seven league games, drop to 15th.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"It's a brilliant result. It wasn't our most scintillating of games but sometimes that happens. We scored early, probably a little bit too early.

"I thought they played really well in the first half and caused us more problems than a lot of teams.

"I had a few choice words at half-time because I didn't feel we were competing.

"They went out second half and I thought they were exceptional. It was a great start to the second half for us."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2PurkissBooked at 60mins
  • 15Chambers
  • 6Downing
  • 25Henry
  • 27Forde
  • 7ChambersBooked at 35mins
  • 12Cain
  • 21Cook
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forGrimesat 67'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMansetat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 37Manset

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 2ThompsonSubstituted forReevesat 71'minutes
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 19Thompson
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 4LuongoBooked at 24minsSubstituted forKasimat 66'minutes
  • 7GladwinSubstituted forToffoloat 56'minutes
  • 10Williams
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 12Bell
  • 14Reeves
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20Obika
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
5,696

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Cain (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Jake Reeves replaces Nathan Thompson.

  14. Post update

    Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jack Stephens (Swindon Town).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Yaser Kasim replaces Massimo Luongo.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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