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Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Walsall

A sublime free-kick from Jason McCarthy earned Wycombe a vital three points in their survival bid and nudged his old club Walsall towards the drop.

McCarthy got the ball up and down from just outside the box to score the only goal of the match just before the hour mark.

Victory moves Wycombe four points above the relegation zone, with Walsall four adrift of safety with two games remaining.

The best chance of a goalless first half fell to Wycombe's Adebayo Akinfenwa, who controlled with his chest and outmuscled three defenders only to shoot straight at Walsall keeper Chris Dunn.

With the tension beginning to mount, Wycombe were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after Akinfenwa was brought down and McCarthy's strike left Dunn motionless.

Walsall threw on all three substitutes but even six minutes of stoppage time was not enough for them to come back as Wycombe held on for the victory.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Allsop
  • 26McCarthy
  • 2Coelho Jombati
  • 6El-Abd
  • 16Harriman
  • 18Thompson
  • 4GapeSubstituted forBloomfieldat 61'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 22FreemanSubstituted forTysonat 60'minutes
  • 11KashketSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 85'minutes
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 25Samuel

Substitutes

  • 3Jacobson
  • 5Stewart
  • 8Bean
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 23Tyson
  • 30Ma-Kalambay

Walsall

  • 13Dunn
  • 6Devlin
  • 20JohnsonBooked at 13mins
  • 35Scarr
  • 34LairdBooked at 90mins
  • 28NormanSubstituted forIsmailat 70'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 30Osbourne
  • 3LeahySubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 73'minutes
  • 29Gordon
  • 36OtehSubstituted forCookat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 4Dobson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 9Cook
  • 10Ismail
  • 15Kinsella
  • 38Blackett-Taylor
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,595

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Walsall 0.

Booking

Scott Laird (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Samuel (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Connor Johnson.

Adam El-Abd (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Hand ball by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Foul by Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

Connor Johnson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Scott Kashket.

Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dan Scarr (Walsall) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Corey Taylor replaces Luke Leahy.

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Zeli Ismail replaces Cameron Norman.

Booking

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Wycombe Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andy Cook replaces Aramide Oteh.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Matt Bloomfield replaces Dominic Gape.

Substitution

Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Nathan Tyson replaces Nick Freeman.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton432612584374790
2Barnsley442513677364188
3Portsmouth432511779463386
4Sunderland432218377423584
5Charlton4424101067402782
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough431812136556966
8Coventry441810165351264
9Blackpool441517124947262
10Burton4416121663531060
11Oxford Utd441514155559-459
12Fleetwood431512165650657
13Gillingham441410205870-1252
14Rochdale44149215383-3051
15Bristol Rovers441214184549-450
16Shrewsbury441214185058-850
17Wycombe441311205365-1250
18Accrington431212194364-2148
19Southend44138235366-1347
20Plymouth441211215273-2147
21Scunthorpe441210224977-2846
22Wimbledon43129223860-2245
23Walsall441110234671-2543
24Bradford44107274675-2937
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