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Walsall 3-1 Exeter City

Exeter had a goal controversially disallowed as their League Two automatic promotion hopes suffered another blow with a 3-1 defeat at mid-table Walsall.

Ryan Bowman thought he had put City ahead after cancelling out Rory Holden's opener but he was eventually ruled offside after a long consultation between the officials and Elijah Adebayo's double won it for Walsall.

Walsall went ahead after only three minutes as Exeter keeper Lewis Ward pushed Josh Gordon's cross out to Holden who steered home from eight yards.

They should have doubled their lead but Caolan Lavery lifted off target with only Ward to beat from six yards and Dan Scarr headed Danny Guthrie's free-kick over.

Exeter equalised after 51 minutes as Bowman headed home from Randell Williams' cross for his 14th goal of the season.

Then came the controversy as Bowman got a faint touch to flick home Williams' free-kick but, after initially giving the goal, referee Tom Nield ruled it offside.

Adebayo rubbed salt into their wounds, heading home Cameron Norman's cross after 71 minutes before tapping in Gordon's pull-back in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6Scarr
  • 3Pring
  • 15Holden
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forKinsellaat 69'minutes
  • 16GuthrieBooked at 75minsSubstituted forSheronat 79'minutes
  • 25McDonald
  • 9LaverySubstituted forAdebayoat 68'minutes
  • 10GordonBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 4Sadler
  • 8Kinsella
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 20Bates
  • 29Nolan
  • 34Sheron

Exeter

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ward
  • 20RichardsonBooked at 33mins
  • 5Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 24DickensonSubstituted forSweeneyat 73'minutes
  • 4AtanganaSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 27Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 17Jay
  • 8LawSubstituted forFisherat 73'minutes
  • 12BowmanBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Sweeney
  • 7Martin
  • 13Thompson
  • 14Ajose
  • 18Fisher
  • 21Moxey
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
5,521

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 3, Exeter City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 3, Exeter City 1.

  3. Post update

    Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bowman with a headed pass.

  6. Booking

    Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 3, Exeter City 1. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Gordon following a fast break.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Richardson (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

  12. Booking

    Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

  14. Post update

    Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Nathan Sheron replaces Danny Guthrie.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rory Holden with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

  18. Booking

    Danny Guthrie (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Jayden Richardson (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe37209867432469
2Swindon36216962392369
3Plymouth37208961392268
4Exeter371811853431065
5Cheltenham361713652272564
6Colchester371513952371558
7Northampton371771354401458
8Port Vale37141585044657
9Bradford371412114440454
10Salford371311134946350
11Forest Green361310134340349
12Crawley371115115147448
13Grimsby371211144551-647
14Walsall36138154049-947
15Newport351210133237-546
16Cambridge37129164048-845
17Leyton Orient361012144755-842
18Oldham37914144457-1341
19Scunthorpe371010174456-1240
20Carlisle36912153756-1939
21Mansfield36911164855-738
22Morecambe37711193560-2532
23Macclesfield37715153247-1530
24Stevenage36313202450-2622
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