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Walsall1MK Dons0

Walsall 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Stoke loanee Julien Ngoy's winner just four minutes into his debut gave Walsall victory that boosted their survival hopes and kept MK Dons firmly in the drop zone.

Substitute Ngoy fired home in the 70th minute to move Walsall four points clear of the relegation places and leave Dons three points from safety.

Walsall had the only chances of a drab first half as Joe Edwards' early 25-yard strike was saved by Lee Nicholls and, late in the half, Erhun Oztumer headed an Edwards cross wide from 12 yards.

Dons improved after the interval and Marcus Tavernier fired inches wide from 20 yards on 53 minutes before Kieran Agard's curler went similarly close six minutes later.

Amadou Bakayoko missed a sitter for Walsall after 62 minutes, skying over from six yards after an Edwards shot was blocked.

But Ngoy put the Saddlers ahead soon after coming on, cutting back in from the by-line before drilling home at Nicholls' near post.

Walsall keeper Liam Roberts made a superb save from Ed Upson's 10-yard strike to preserve the points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 15Kinsella
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 2Edwards
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Dobson
  • 11Morris
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forNgoyat 66'minutes
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forShaibuat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 16Shaibu
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Ngoy
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2Williams
  • 5Wootton
  • 15Ward
  • 3Lewington
  • 6Upson
  • 26Gilbey
  • 17TavernierSubstituted forTymonat 81'minutes
  • 18McGrandlesSubstituted forUgboat 73'minutes
  • 9SowSubstituted forMuirheadat 51'minutes
  • 14Agard

Substitutes

  • 8Cissé
  • 13Sietsma
  • 16Muirhead
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 20Tymon
  • 25Brittain
  • 27Ugbo
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,009

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, MK Dons 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, MK Dons 0.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by George Dobson.

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

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Julien Ngoy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Tymon (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Ike Ugbo (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Josh Tymon replaces Marcus Tavernier because of an injury.

Delay in match Marcus Tavernier (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Marcus Tavernier (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Justin Shaibu (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ike Ugbo replaces Conor McGrandles.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt saved. Ed Upson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, MK Dons 0. Julien Ngoy (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jon Guthrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Justin Shaibu replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julien Ngoy replaces Erhun Oztumer.

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jack Fitzwater.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

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

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robbie Muirhead replaces Osman Sow because of an injury.

Delay in match Osman Sow (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Elliott Ward (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, MK Dons 0.

goal

As It Stood

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2Shrewsbury29187439211861
3Blackburn30178554292559
4Scunthorpe31159745321354
5Rotherham301551050361450
6Bradford31153134547-248
7Charlton2913793936346
8Peterborough29127104638843
9Portsmouth30134133635143
10Oxford Utd30118114745241
11Plymouth31118123539-441
12Gillingham301010103434040
13Bristol Rovers30123154347-439
14Doncaster31911113637-138
15Southend30107133649-1337
16Walsall2999113641-536
17Fleetwood30106144248-636
18Wimbledon2997132833-534
19Blackpool30810123541-634
20Northampton3196162851-2333
21Oldham3188154356-1332
22MK Dons2979132941-1230
23Rochdale27510122737-1025
24Bury2956182244-2221
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