League One
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Walsall 1-0 Scunthorpe United

Kieron Morris' early strike ended Scunthorpe's run of six league wins on the spin as victory lifted Walsall into the top half of League One.

After a quiet start, Walsall led after 13 minutes as Morris let fly from the left-hand corner of the box, 20 yards out, and his rocket took a slight deflection to beat Scunthorpe goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

Florent Cuvelier came close to doubling the Saddlers' lead on the half-hour with a dipping 25-yard half-volley that flashed narrowly over Gilks' bar.

And right at the end of a first half that Walsall bossed, Gilks had to be alert to tip Erhun Oztumer's 20-yard strike around the post.

Walsall had a golden chance to seal the points after 58 minutes as Luke Leahy was tripped in the box by Rory McArdle but Gilks spared his skipper's blushes with a fine penalty save from Oztumer.

Scunthorpe nearly pinched a point in stoppage time as substitute Clayton Lewis' 30-yard thunderbolt was scooped off the line at the second attempt by Walsall stopper Mark Gillespie after he fumbled the initial strike.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 15Kinsella
  • 14Wilson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forFlanaganat 74'minutes
  • 19IsmailSubstituted forDevlinat 83'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forAgyeiat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Devlin
  • 9Jackson
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 32Agyei
  • 37Ganley

Scunthorpe

  • 1Gilks
  • 22SuttonBooked at 85mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 21Burgess
  • 5Wallace
  • 16Adelakun
  • 12Bishop
  • 19HolmesBooked at 16minsSubstituted forLewisat 84'minutes
  • 11Morris
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forvan Veenat 62'minutes
  • 14HopperSubstituted forChurchat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Townsend
  • 4Crofts
  • 10van Veen
  • 15Lewis
  • 20Goode
  • 30Church
  • 31Watson
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
3,865

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Attempt blocked. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Reece Flanagan (Walsall).

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Church (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt saved. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Daniel Agyei replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Clayton Lewis replaces Duane Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Devlin replaces Zeli Ismail.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Cameron Burgess (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Walsall).

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Simon Church replaces Tom Hopper.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kevin van Veen replaces Paddy Madden.

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

Penalty saved! Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Walsall. Luke Leahy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Attempt missed. Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

goal

As It Stood

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2Shrewsbury20125327141341
3Blackburn20124437191840
4Bradford2112363325839
5Scunthorpe21115526151138
6Charlton2010552924535
7Portsmouth2110292624232
8Oxford Utd218673527830
9Rotherham2192103531429
10Peterborough218583332129
11Walsall207762828028
12Southend217772432-828
13Blackpool217682729-227
14Fleetwood217682932-327
15Bristol Rovers2190123236-427
16Oldham217593539-426
17MK Dons216782330-725
18Doncaster2165102126-523
19Rochdale204882328-520
20Wimbledon2055101522-720
21Gillingham214891624-820
22Plymouth2155111730-1320
23Northampton2154121637-2119
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