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Walsall 2-1 Oxford United

A string of superb saves from goalkeeper Liam Roberts helped Walsall move clear of the drop zone as victory dealt a blow to Oxford's play-off push.

Roberts saved well from James Henry 10 yards out after 25 minutes then, two minutes later, made a stunning one-handed reflex stop to foil a bullet of a near-post header from Wes Thomas.

Against the run of play, Walsall took the lead after 33 minutes when Luke Leahy drilled across the six-yard box for Amadou Bakayoko to bundle home.

Walsall then doubled their lead after 48 minutes when Erhun Oztumer latched onto Leahy's long ball and chipped U's keeper Simon Eastwood, who got a touch but could not keep it out.

United were back in it on 70 minutes when Alex Mowatt curled home a fine free-kick from just outside the box.

But Roberts made a brave save to stop Jon Obika rounding him when clean through and a fantastic flying stop to flick Henry's 25-yard thunderbolt away from the top corner.

Agon Mehmeti could still have rescued Oxford a point but he steered into the side netting from six yards in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 15KinsellaBooked at 21mins
  • 24Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forRobertsat 85'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 4DobsonSubstituted forCuvelierat 77'minutes
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 6Devlin
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 18Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 35CarrollBooked at 85mins
  • 6MartinBooked at 66mins
  • 30Mousinho
  • 3Tiendalli
  • 17HenrySubstituted forvan Kesselat 79'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 14Ruffels
  • 10PayneSubstituted forNapaat 68'minutes
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forMehmetiat 75'minutes
  • 20Obika

Substitutes

  • 4Williamson
  • 13Shearer
  • 16Dickie
  • 19Fernández Codina
  • 28Mehmeti
  • 36Napa
  • 39van Kessel
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
4,569

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Oxford United 1.

Attempt missed. Agon Mehmeti (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Florent Cuvelier.

Attempt blocked. Malachi Napa (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

John Mousinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Walsall).

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Tyler Roberts replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Booking

Canice Carroll (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Oxford United).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) because of an injury.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

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

John Mousinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Gino van Kessel replaces James Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces George Dobson.

Attempt missed. Canice Carroll (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt saved. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Agon Mehmeti replaces Wes Thomas.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Oxford United).

Kory Roberts (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Oxford United 1. Alex Mowatt (Oxford United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Alex Mowatt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Malachi Napa replaces Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Aaron Martin (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Oxford United).

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan26176350123857
2Shrewsbury26166434181654
3Blackburn26157448242452
4Scunthorpe27148538231550
5Bradford2715394336748
6Charlton2712783432243
7Portsmouth27133113431342
8Rotherham27125104536941
9Peterborough2711794337640
10Oxford Utd28108104341238
11Fleetwood27106113841-336
12Doncaster2798103029135
13Plymouth2898113035-535
14Gillingham2781092930-134
15Walsall268993335-233
16Blackpool2889113438-433
17Bristol Rovers27103143643-733
18Southend2887133247-1531
19MK Dons2779112838-1030
20Oldham2878134050-1029
21Northampton2885152548-2329
22Wimbledon2677122231-928
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2745181942-2317
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