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Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Walsall

Walsall moved up to third in League One after easing past Shrewsbury in their first game since the departure of boss Dean Smith, who left the club on Monday to join Championship side Brentford.

Shrewsbury went ahead through Larnell Cole's 41st-minute strike.

Milan Lalkovic equalised from the edge of the box to make it 1-1 at half-time.

After Town had Ian Black sent off for a second yellow card, Paul Downing headed the Saddlers in front before Jordan Cook fired home in the final minute.

Cook was on as a first-half substitute for former Shrewsbury striker Tom Bradshaw, who went off with an ankle injury.

Walsall joint caretaker-manager Jon Whitney told BBC WM:

"We knew it was going to be a scrappy affair, with the weather and the conditions.

"We knew it would be dogged. We knew we'd have to stick in there and wouldn't always be able to play our football but, when we did, it gave us our rewards in the end.

"The philosophy is we are trying to get these players to self-manage. We're really big on it in training. Every day we get them to problem-solve. We're not there to dictate to the players. We're there to facilitate and help them reach their full potential."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 5Grandison
  • 13Gerrard
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 12Brown
  • 29ColeSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 45'minutes
  • 6BlackBooked at 71mins
  • 17Ogogo
  • 11Kaikai
  • 9Collins
  • 16VernonSubstituted forLawrenceat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lawrence
  • 10Whalley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Halstead
  • 23Barnett
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 31Smith

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6DowningBooked at 56mins
  • 14Henry
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forBaxendaleat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 27Evans
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 77'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 27'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
6,078

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Kieron Morris.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 3. Jordan Cook (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rico Henry.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Junior Brown.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 2. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James O'Connor with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Liam Lawrence.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Liam Lawrence replaces Scott Vernon.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton2013252416841
2Coventry20116338211739
3Walsall20116335191639
4Gillingham20115439251438
5Wigan2097429191034
6Peterborough20103746311533
7Millwall209473128331
8Southend208752522331
9Bradford208752220231
10Bury208663130130
11Port Vale208572623329
12Sheff Utd207673230227
13Rochdale207672423127
14Scunthorpe2082102427-326
15Doncaster206682026-624
16Chesterfield2072112535-1023
17Swindon2064102934-522
18Fleetwood2063112729-221
19Shrewsbury2063112631-521
20Colchester2055103049-1920
21Oldham2031072232-1019
22Blackpool2054111628-1219
23Crewe2054111933-1419
24Barnsley2053122534-918
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