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Walsall 2-0 Peterborough United

George Evans
On-loan George Evans has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Walsall

League One leaders Walsall scored twice in the last 10 minutes to secure a hard-fought victory over Peterborough.

Defender Jason Demetriou met George Evans' pass to put the Saddlers ahead, his shot deflecting off Posh's Miles Addison and into the back of the net.

Evans, on loan from Manchester City, then turned goalscorer as he poked home Kieron Morris' pull back.

The goals came against the run of play as the visitors had been enjoying the better of the second-half exchanges.

Posh's Conor Washington had his side's best chance as his point-blank header was tipped over by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM:

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Peterborough

"A clean sheet, I think that's been a massive plus for everybody.

"If you look at the team, there's goals. There's quite a lot of forward players and forward-thinking players and we've not got arguably our best striker on the pitch.

"I think clean sheets bring confidence, as well as helping to win games."

Peterborough boss Graham Westley told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"They dominated the first half, but we did what good sides do, we dug in, we were resilient.

"We went forward with too little composure, we were too quick to play the forward pass and as a result our play was patchy.

"I asked them to show much more composure in the second half, much more control over the game, and I thought they did.

"We were relentless in terms of our possession for long periods, didn't take our chances and then were punished in the cruellest of ways towards the end."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6DowningSubstituted forPrestonat 13'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 8MantomSubstituted forFordeat 74'minutes
  • 27Evans
  • 7Chambers
  • 10SawyersBooked at 90mins
  • 21CookSubstituted forMorrisat 88'minutes
  • 15Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts

Peterborough

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 35Addison
  • 8BostwickSubstituted forAlmeida Santosat 60'minutes
  • 11Maddison
  • 33ForresterBooked at 90mins
  • 7Taylor
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forOztumerat 82'minutes
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 14WashingtonBooked at 83mins
  • 24AngolSubstituted forCoulibalyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Baldwin
  • 10Oztumer
  • 12Almeida Santos
  • 18Fox
  • 26Henry
  • 28Coulibaly
  • 37Nicholson
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
6,142

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Peterborough United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Peterborough United 0.

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

Booking

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Michael Smith (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Peterborough United).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Peterborough United 0. George Evans (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieron Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Jordan Cook.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Delay in match Neil Etheridge (Walsall) because of an injury.

Booking

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Erhun Oztumer replaces Harry Beautyman.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Peterborough United 0. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Souleymane Coulibaly replaces Lee Angol.

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Sam Mantom.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Santos (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Lee Angol (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by George Evans (Walsall).

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Forrester (Peterborough United).

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Matt Preston (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Angol (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Miles Addison (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall23146340192148
2Burton23153531191248
3Gillingham24145546291747
4Coventry24128441241744
5Wigan23117534211340
6Peterborough24114949361337
7Southend2310763127437
8Sheff Utd2310673731636
9Millwall2310493532334
10Bradford229762423134
11Port Vale249692827133
12Bury239683335-233
13Rochdale238782927231
14Scunthorpe2494112730-331
15Doncaster248792833-531
16Swindon2484123339-628
17Shrewsbury2475123035-526
18Blackpool2374122132-1125
19Barnsley2373133240-824
20Chesterfield2473142640-1424
21Fleetwood2365123034-423
22Oldham2231182435-1120
23Crewe2355132339-1620
24Colchester2455143358-2520
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