League One
Walsall2Port Vale0

Walsall 2-0 Port Vale

Sean O'Driscoll
Sean O'Driscoll succeeded Dean Smith as Walsall head coach on Friday

Sean O'Driscoll began his career as Walsall head coach with victory over Port Vale to go second in League One.

Vale's Richard Duffy had a third-minute effort disallowed for offside after goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had spilled Ryan McGivern's header.

Substitute Jordan Cook put Walsall ahead, slotting home after Jak Alnwick parried Jason Demetriou's shot.

Cook got a second from 12 yards as he reacted quickest after George Evans had kept the ball alive in the box.

Vale had decent opportunities to go ahead, Sam Kelly and AJ Leitch-Smith both having chances saved by Etheridge either side of half-time.

Walsall's Anthony Forde forced a good save from the legs of Alnwick after Cook had teed him up six minutes after the opening goal.

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Port Vale

"I was just pleased with the way they performed in some senses.

"I said to them before the game 'if you want to impress me, impress me with your attitude and your honesty and your commitment' - and I thought they did.

"I still think they are punching above their weight and I think the second half of the season is going to be a little bit more difficult."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 27EvansSubstituted forMantomat 90+2'minutes
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forCookat 60'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 12Forde
  • 15Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 8Mantom
  • 11Baxendale
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 5McGivernBooked at 85mins
  • 6Duffy
  • 16Yates
  • 8O'ConnorBooked at 75mins
  • 42Grant
  • 19MooreSubstituted forHooperat 84'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forIkpeazuat 55'minutes
  • 18KellySubstituted forFoleyat 71'minutes
  • 20Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Streete
  • 7Birchall
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 11Foley
  • 14Daniel
  • 15Hooper
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
4,436

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 0.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces George Evans.

Attempt saved. Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Byron Moore.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Port Vale 0. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. George Evans (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Adam Yates (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Foley replaces Sam Kelly.

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

Attempt missed. George Evans (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Port Vale 0. Jordan Cook (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th December 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton22143530191145
2Walsall21126337191842
3Gillingham22125542281441
4Coventry22117439231640
5Wigan22107531201137
6Peterborough22104847341334
7Southend219752923634
8Bradford219752320334
9Sheff Utd229673430433
10Bury229673334-133
11Millwall219483131031
12Rochdale228682826230
13Port Vale228682726130
14Swindon2284103235-328
15Doncaster227782631-528
16Scunthorpe2283112529-427
17Blackpool2274111928-925
18Chesterfield2272132537-1223
19Fleetwood2164112830-222
20Shrewsbury2264122733-622
21Barnsley2263132838-1021
22Oldham2131172333-1020
23Crewe2255122237-1520
24Colchester2255123355-2220
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