Match ends, Walsall 5, Crawley Town 0.
Walsall eased their relegation concerns with their best win of the season at home to League One strugglers Crawley.
Jordy Hiwula fired past Brian Jensen to open the scoring before doubling the lead with a curling second-half strike.
Kieron Morris powered in a third for the home side two minutes later, then defender Andy Taylor's shot was deflected past Jensen for the fourth.
|Floodgates open for Saddlers|
|Walsall scored as many goals in one night at Bescot as they had managed in their previous 13 matches. They had gone four games without a goal until top scorer Tom Bradshaw's late winner against Fleetwood on Saturday. The Saddlers had not enjoyed back-to-back home wins since September.|
Substitute Jordan Cook slotted in a fifth in stoppage time as Crawley dropped into the relegation zone.
Walsall's second home win in four days lifts them seven points above the final relegation spot with four games to play.
Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:
"It was an excellent performance from start to finish. Everyone involved can be pleased with their contribution. And we've scored five goals without Tom Bradshaw getting on the scoresheet.
"To score five goals at home will have put smiles on the faces of the supporters and there were some good finishes amongst them too.
"I don't know how it was only 1-0 at half-time such was our dominance, but justice has been done as we deserved to win at their place earlier in the season and came away with nothing."
Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:
"We are obviously disappointed and it looks like an absolute pasting but they've scored four unbelievable strikes, three of them were amazing. The defence I put out tonight, three fullbacks and Sonny Bradley and that's what's killed us really, they were just better then us."
"I've had to change the shape of the team twice to try and stem the flow and we gradually got back into the game but really we've got a left back whose never played left back for us before. I've got Lewis Young playing at right-back whose a midfielder and I've got Lanre Oyebanjo playing centre back. We are struggling for defenders."
"I'm hoping Darren Ward is going to be fit for the weekend but we've lost Richard Wood and Dean Leacock as well. We've lost four centre halves in three months and it's caught up with us."
- 10SawyersSubstituted forFordeat 78'minutes
- 12CainSubstituted forMantomat 67'minutes
- 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 72'minutes
- 3DicksonSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes
- 16FowlerBooked at 70minsSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes
- 10MorganSubstituted forPogbaat 65'minutes
- Michael Bull
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Walsall 5, Crawley Town 0.
Goal! Walsall 5, Crawley Town 0. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde.
Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.
Goal! Walsall 4, Crawley Town 0. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.
Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lewis Young.
Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Romaine Sawyers.
Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Crawley Town. Jimmy Smith replaces Lee Fowler.
Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Tom Bradshaw.
Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces Michael Cain.
Lee Fowler (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.