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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Walsall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Walsall 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Connor Johnson.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Andy Cook (Walsall).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

  20. Post update

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

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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