League One
WalsallWalsall0BuryBury1
Craig Jones
Craig Jones joined Bury in the summer of 2012

Craig Jones' goal earned Bury their first league win of the season and ended Walsall's unbeaten start.

The Saddlers claimed a draw and four consecutive wins in August, and went into Saturday's game top of the table.

But they were undone by Jones' sixth-minute strike, which he powered low into the net.

Walsall pushed for an equaliser, but Shakers goalkeeper Rob Lainton produced a string of saves to make sure his side went away with all three points.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"I can't have asked any more of the players, they gave it their all.

"We didn't start the game very well and we got punished by a decent goal from them but, for half an hour in the first half it's as well as we've played this season so far.

"It was a good finish from them but looking back we know we could have defended it better."

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was the ultimate team performance, in everything we did.

"In a good film, you never remember the start of the film, it's only ghosts that remember the start of the film and you always remember the end.

"At the start of the film today we played some good stuff ourselves, we were unplayable and caused a lot of problems.

"It was a tough game today but that's the way football is."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Henry
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forLalkovicat 76'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12FordeSubstituted forCookat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 30Jezeph

Bury

  • 26Lainton
  • 2RileySubstituted forBrownat 50'minutes
  • 27Cameron
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Hussey
  • 14JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Soares
  • 4Tutte
  • 8MellisSubstituted forPughat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Mayor
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forPopeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Pope
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 22Pugh
  • 28Dudley
  • 34Ruddy
  • 35Foulds
  • 40Brown
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
4,829

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBury
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Bury 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Bury 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Soares (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bury).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Reece Brown (Bury).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Adam Chambers.

  13. Booking

    Danny Pugh (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Pugh (Bury).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

  16. Post update

    Craig Jones (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Peter Clarke (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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