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Scunthorpe United 0-2 Walsall

Goals from Wes McDonald and Alfie Bates at the end of each half helped Walsall keep up their run of good form with a 2-0 win at Scunthorpe.

After McDonald's 43rd minute opener, the Saddlers survived a second-half onslaught before Bates wrapped things up on the break to make it six league games unbeaten and inflict a first home defeat since August on the Iron.

Scunthorpe had looked the most likely scorers before McDonald struck, with Lee Novak blazing over and Kevin Van Veen and Abo Eisa both forcing good saves out of visiting goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

Caolan Lavery had earlier squandered a good chance when denied by the legs of Rory Watson, but McDonald's well-worked opening, which saw his shot across goal deflect into the top corner, was against the run of play.

In the second half, Scunthorpe again piled on the pressure, but the Saddlers' defence held firm.

Novak again went close, as did Levi Sutton, who saw one strike from range tipped onto the bar and another bounce inches wide after taking a deflection.

But any hopes they had of an equaliser disappeared when Walsall broke quickly six minutes from time for Bates to fire in his first league goal from inside the penalty area.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Watson
  • 26McGahey
  • 23McArdle
  • 32Bedeau
  • 20Gilliead
  • 14Perch
  • 22SuttonSubstituted forWardat 83'minutes
  • 28BrownSubstituted forProctorat 77'minutes
  • 17Novak
  • 10van Veen
  • 30Eisa

Substitutes

  • 6Butler
  • 12Dales
  • 13Ward
  • 16Butroid
  • 33Proctor
  • 41Collins
  • 45McAtee

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Pring
  • 8KinsellaBooked at 78mins
  • 20Bates
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forGuthrieat 72'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forGordonat 80'minutes
  • 9LaverySubstituted forAdebayoat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Gordon
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Holden
  • 16Guthrie
  • 33Jules
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
3,842

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

    Abobaker Eisa (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Proctor (Scunthorpe United).

  6. Post update

    James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kinsella.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Caolan Lavery.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Proctor (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

    Alfie Bates (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 2. Alfie Bates (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jamie Ward replaces Levi Sutton.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Josh Gordon.

  15. Post update

    Harrison McGahey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Josh Gordon replaces Rory Gaffney.

  18. Booking

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jamie Proctor replaces Junior Brown.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon23144543241946
2Exeter2312743225743
3Crewe22115639271238
4Colchester22107532201237
5Bradford2210752819937
6Forest Green2310762618837
7Cheltenham2299433181536
8Plymouth2110563122935
9Northampton2310583227535
10Port Vale2371062829-131
11Salford237882732-529
12Scunthorpe237793030028
13Cambridge237792727028
14Newport217771919028
15Walsall2376102130-927
16Crawley236893033-326
17Oldham226882431-726
18Leyton Orient2367103140-925
19Mansfield235993033-324
20Grimsby215792127-622
21Carlisle2357112035-1522
22Macclesfield2151062023-319
23Morecambe2346132042-2218
24Stevenage2221191427-1317
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