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Bury 2-3 Walsall

Walsall
Anthony Forde (centre) has scored three goals this season

Walsall held off a spirited second-half fightback from Bury to move up to second in League One.

The Saddlers led 3-0 at the break as Chris Hussey put into his own net, Tom Bradshaw fired in and Anthony Forde added a good finish.

Leon Clarke cut the deficit to 3-1 when he converted John O'Sullivan's cross before he scored again less than 90 seconds later with a tap in.

The former Wolves man nearly got his hat-trick but hit a post late on.

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The goals are extremely poor in terms of individual errors.

"If you want to attack as a full-back, I love attacking full-backs but never forget your duty as a defender.

"We've not competed first half to levels that I want to.

"You can work at getting better at your job and improving your profession and that is what I keep telling the group."

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM:

"I thought it was exciting first half for us. They had to change, 3-0 down at half-time, at home.

"They put on another striker, and in the conditions just got the ball forward.

"We would've liked to have kept a clean sheet, but credit to them, they put the ball in dangerous areas and it's difficult to defend."

Line-ups

Bury

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1LawlorBooked at 70mins
  • 2RileySubstituted forO'Sullivanat 37'minutes
  • 27Cameron
  • 40Brown
  • 3Hussey
  • 8MellisSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 19Soares
  • 6Etuhu
  • 4TutteSubstituted forPopeat 88'minutes
  • 10Mayor
  • 9Clarke

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 11Pope
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 20Burgess
  • 22Pugh
  • 31Miller
  • 32Rose

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Forde
  • 14HenrySubstituted forMorrisat 66'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forPrestonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
3,532

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bury 2, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bury 2, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kelvin Etuhu (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Matt Preston replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bury. Tom Pope replaces Andrew Tutte.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Bury) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  10. Post update

    Leon Clarke (Bury) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

  13. Post update

    Nathan Cameron (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Reece Brown.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

    Ian Lawlor (Bury) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.