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Walsall 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Two second-half goals earned Walsall a vital win in their survival fight and dealt a blow to Fleetwood's play-off bid.

Close-range finishes from Morgan Ferrier and Dan Scarr moved the Saddlers up to 16th and gave them back-to-back home league wins for the first time since August.

A dull first half yielded just two chances as home goalkeeper Liam Roberts tipped Wes Burns' 30-yard free-kick wide and Walsall's Joe Edwards whistled a first-time volley inches over from 20 yards.

The home side led in the 54th minute as poor Fleetwood defending from a George Dobson corner allowed Ferrier to nod home from almost on the goal-line.

Josh Gordon was denied by a fine block from Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns before Walsall deservedly doubled their lead after 68 minutes.

Luke Leahy headed Liam Kinsella's deep ball back across goal and Scarr's close-range strike squirmed between Cairns' legs.

Fleetwood could have pulled one back late on but Ashley Eastham steered James Husband's inviting free-kick over from eight yards, They remain six points off the play-off places.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6DevlinBooked at 74mins
  • 35Scarr
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahySubstituted forNormanat 90+3'minutes
  • 15Kinsella
  • 4Dobson
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forOsbourneat 81'minutes
  • 10Ismail
  • 16FerrierSubstituted forLairdat 70'minutes
  • 29Gordon

Substitutes

  • 13Dunn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Norman
  • 30Osbourne
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh
  • 38Blackett-Taylor

Fleetwood

  • 1Cairns
  • 7Burns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Souttar
  • 26Husband
  • 23WallaceSubstituted forRydelat 72'minutes
  • 4Holt
  • 28Sowerby
  • 9Evans
  • 17MaddenSubstituted forNadesanat 72'minutes
  • 22HunterSubstituted forBaggleyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Coyle
  • 16Jones
  • 24Nadesan
  • 27Biggins
  • 29Sheron
  • 30Baggley
  • 35Rydel
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
4,986

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Cameron Norman replaces Luke Leahy because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Leahy (Walsall) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Barry Baggley (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Barry Baggley replaces Ashley Hunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Isaiah Osbourne replaces Joe Edwards.

Attempt missed. Ryan Rydel (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

James Husband (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Nadesan replaces Paddy Madden.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ryan Rydel replaces Ross Wallace.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Jason Holt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Scott Laird replaces Morgan Ferrier.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Husband (Fleetwood Town).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0. Dan Scarr (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jason Holt.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Walsall).

Jason Holt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Husband.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Fleetwood Town 0. Morgan Ferrier (Walsall) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Dobson following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paddy Madden.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ross Wallace.

Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton362210469294076
2Barnsley362110564283673
3Sunderland351815262332969
4Portsmouth361811761392265
5Charlton36189953361763
6Doncaster3515101060451555
7Peterborough361510115751655
8Blackpool361313103836252
9Coventry36148143940-150
10Fleetwood361310134639749
11Burton361211134442247
12Wycombe361111144553-844
13Gillingham36127174758-1143
14Southend36126184650-442
15Plymouth36119164556-1142
16Walsall36119163955-1642
17Accrington351011143548-1341
18Scunthorpe36118174261-1941
19Bristol Rovers351010153637-140
20Shrewsbury36913143947-840
21Oxford Utd36912154354-1139
22Rochdale36107194475-3137
23Bradford36106204261-1936
24Wimbledon3696213053-2333
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