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Walsall 3-2 Gillingham

Jason Demetriou
Jason Demetriou has played international football for Cyprus

Walsall leapfrogged Gillingham into top spot in League One with a dramatic last-minute comeback victory.

The visitors took the lead through Cody McDonald's clever dinked finish following a great ball from Doug Loft.

Bradley Dack then doubled the Gills' lead from the penalty spot before Kieron Morris's 25-yard drive and Milan Lalkovic's tap-in levelled proceedings.

Jason Demetriou's smashed effort in injury time completed the comeback win for the Saddlers.

The result means Gillingham's six-game unbeaten run in the league is over and they drop to third in the table whilst Walsall move up to first having won for the ninth time this season.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Smith on Walsall v Gillingham

"Yes, it was a lot of fun, it wasn't fun after 25 minutes when they went 2-0 up!

"I thought it was a really entertaining game, a great game of football for League One, two good teams trying to get the win.

"I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, because we made a couple of mistakes there which we don't normally do.

"But the character the players have shown to come back from that and get the result is fantastic for them."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 69mins
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 14HenrySubstituted forTaylorat 90+3'minutes
  • 18Morris
  • 7Chambers
  • 27EvansSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes
  • 15LalkovicBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCookat 77'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 21Cook

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2JacksonBooked at 67minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 90+3'minutes
  • 4Egan
  • 26Lennon
  • 24DickensonSubstituted forHessenthalerat 69'minutes
  • 15Morris
  • 11McGlashanBooked at 17minsSubstituted forGarmstonat 55'minutes
  • 7Loft
  • 23DackBooked at 61mins
  • 17Donnelly
  • 10McDonaldBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Houghton
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Williamson
  • 12Morris
  • 16Osadabe
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
6,663

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 3, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 3, Gillingham 2.

Attempt saved. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Ben Williamson replaces Ryan Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andy Taylor replaces Rico Henry.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, Gillingham 2. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory Donnelly (Gillingham).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces George Evans.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt missed. John Egan (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by George Evans.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.

Booking

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Brennan Dickenson.

Booking

Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Morris.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall1695228141432
2Burton1610241613332
3Gillingham1694331181331
4Coventry1584325141128
5Wigan167632618827
6Bury167632824427
7Millwall167452423125
8Sheff Utd167362622424
9Scunthorpe167272118323
10Chesterfield167272223-123
11Southend166551718-123
12Peterborough166373227521
13Rochdale165652018221
14Bradford155641618-221
15Port Vale165561818020
16Colchester165562534-920
17Shrewsbury165291923-417
18Doncaster164571322-917
19Oldham1621041723-616
20Blackpool154471522-716
21Fleetwood164391924-515
22Barnsley154291623-714
23Swindon163492027-713
24Crewe163491424-1013
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