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Walsall 5-0 Crawley Town

Jordan Cook
Walsall's Jordan Cook came off the bench to score his fifth goal of the season

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."

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 15Chambers
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forFordeat 78'minutes
  • 12CainSubstituted forMantomat 67'minutes
  • 18Morris
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 72'minutes
  • 30Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 8Mantom
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 21Cook
  • 24Grimes
  • 25Henry
  • 27Forde

Crawley

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Jensen
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 32Youga
  • 6Bradley
  • 3DicksonSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes
  • 21Tomlin
  • 16FowlerBooked at 70minsSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes
  • 26Wordsworth
  • 14Young
  • 10MorganSubstituted forPogbaat 65'minutes
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling
  • 28Pogba
  • 30Price
  • 31Cofie
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
3,296

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 5, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 5, Crawley Town 0.

  3. Goal!

    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.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 4, Crawley Town 0. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lewis Young.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Jimmy Smith replaces Lee Fowler.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces Michael Cain.

  19. Booking

    Lee Fowler (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City432711586365092
2Preston422313671363582
3MK Dons422310984404479
4Swindon412371170472376
5Sheff Utd4319111363501368
6Chesterfield4319101467521567
7Rochdale421861869571260
8Fleetwood431611164548-359
9Barnsley431610175659-358
10Peterborough43177194751-458
11Bradford421512155153-257
12Doncaster421512155255-357
13Gillingham431414156063-356
14Oldham431413165364-1155
15Walsall421315144242054
16Coventry431215164656-1051
17Scunthorpe421312175566-1151
18Port Vale43148215060-1050
19Crewe43139213972-3348
20Leyton Orient421211195559-447
21Notts County421114174154-1347
22Crawley431211204773-2647
23Colchester42128225172-2144
24Yeovil43910243368-3537
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