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Scunthorpe United 0-1 Walsall

Rico Henry
Walsall defender Rico Henry scored his second goal of the season

Walsall moved to within a point the pressure on League One leaders Burton Albion as Rico Henry sealed all three points against Scunthorpe United.

The hosts almost took the lead when Joe Lolley beat the Walsall back line but Neil Etheridge saved his curling shot.

But the Saddlers went ahead when Jordan Cook flicked the ball to Henry who fired past Iron keeper Luke Daniels.

Scott Laird could have rescued a point for Scunthorpe late on but he nodded his effort straight at Etheridge.

Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins told BBC Humberside:

"It's a disappointing result. There's no doubt we've done well at stages. We've created chances and we've not taken them.

"We've had quite a bit of the ball, we've gone forward and we've been on our heels in the penalty area when balls have come into the box.

"Then we've switched off for one and we've not followed a run and it's ended up in the back of our net.

"The players know they've got to do better at the critical moments in games and in the critical areas in games we'll remain positive."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

"That was one of my most pleasing results of the season in terms of performance, and discipline, and doggedness.

"I knew it would be a tough game. I've played on this pitch, it's tight and I didn't think they'd give us much time on the ball and they didn't, they got in our faces.

"How we worked the goal was fantastic. A great touch and flick from Jordan Cook and Rico Henry has gone through and finished it like a seasoned goalscorer.

"I'm really pleased for him. He gives you no problems, he just gets on with it and does his job and he's a quick learner."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 2Wiseman
  • 23Wallace
  • 18King
  • 3LairdBooked at 65mins
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forWoottonat 69'minutes
  • 12Bishop
  • 26NessSubstituted forMcAllisterat 45'minutes
  • 17LolleySubstituted forAdelakunat 79'minutes
  • 28McSheffrey
  • 9Madden

Substitutes

  • 4McAllister
  • 8Syers
  • 13Anyon
  • 16Adelakun
  • 22Hopper
  • 29Wootton
  • 33Clarke

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 72mins
  • 14Henry
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 2Demetriou
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 21CookSubstituted forFlanaganat 76'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
2,596

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

  8. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Joe Lolley.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Jordan Cook.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  16. Booking

    Neil Etheridge (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Kevin van Veen.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).