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Swindon Town 2-1 Walsall

Louis Thompson
Norwich City loanee Louis Thompson won the game with his first goal of the season

Swindon Town's Louis Thompson struck late to inflict a first away League One defeat of the season on Walsall.

An unmarked Jonathan Obika headed in off the inside of the post to give Swindon a first-half lead.

Tom Bradshaw looked to have earned Walsall a point when he slotted in from the edge of the area on 61 minutes.

But Thompson's fierce, low strike in the last minute of normal time lifted struggling Town out of the relegation zone with a second win in three games.

Dean Smith's Saddlers, who were unbeaten in their previous five games in all competitions, drop to fourth in League One.

Bradshaw had earlier seen a powerful drive tipped over by Swindon's Lawrence Vigouroux - a save that was to prove crucial when Thompson stole all three points.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"I feel I should get on the phone and call the police and get somebody arrested for this result.

"First half we weren't clinical, as we weren't on Saturday, but we can't complain about our performance. We were excellent. We dominated a team who normally dominate other teams with the ball.

"There was only one team that was going to win it when we equalised and I'd have been disappointed with a point."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Vigouroux
  • 29Rossi BrancoBooked at 74mins
  • 34El-AbdBooked at 87mins
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 34mins
  • 27BarryBooked at 70mins
  • 8Kasim
  • 17GladwinBooked at 51minsSubstituted forRobertat 58'minutes
  • 18ThompsonSubstituted forRodgersat 90+3'minutes
  • 3Ormonde-Ottewill
  • 20Obika
  • 10Ajose

Substitutes

  • 4Robert
  • 15Brophy
  • 21Randall-Hurren
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 32Ojamaa

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 14Henry
  • 7Chambers
  • 27EvansBooked at 73minsSubstituted forFlanaganat 76'minutes
  • 12Forde
  • 21CookSubstituted forLalkovicat 82'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
6,385

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away11
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 2, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 2, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Anton Rodgers replaces Louis Thompson because of an injury.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 2, Walsall 1. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

  7. Booking

    Adam El-Abd (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam El-Abd (Swindon Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Jordan Cook.

  14. Post update

    Fabien Robert (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry19115336191738
2Gillingham19114437231437
3Burton1811251714335
4Walsall1896330171333
5Wigan1996429191033
6Bradford198742118331
7Peterborough1993742311130
8Southend198652522330
9Bury198653129230
10Port Vale198562521429
11Millwall188462926328
12Sheff Utd197573129226
13Scunthorpe198292423126
14Rochdale196672222024
15Chesterfield1972102531-623
16Doncaster196581824-623
17Fleetwood1963102728-121
18Shrewsbury1862102326-320
19Colchester195592944-1520
20Swindon1954102534-919
21Oldham1931062231-919
22Barnsley1952122433-917
23Blackpool1944111528-1316
24Crewe1944111833-1516
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