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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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces George Evans.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Byron Moore.

  17. Goal!

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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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