Walsall moved out of the League One relegation zone following victory over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

The hosts dominated the opening stages, almost taking the lead, but Garry Thompson's volley flew just over.

But the Saddlers broke the deadlock against the run of play when on-loan Florent Cuvelier broke into the box and side-footed past keeper Sam Slocombe.

The Iron had plenty chances to equalise but Jon Parkin was twice denied by Saddlers keeper David Grof.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Obviously, we're disappointed. We had enough chances to take something out of the game.

"It was a poor goal. It's not as if they've earned it. We actually gave them the goal but, even after that, the players reacted really well and we went forward second half and had enough chances to definitely get something out of it.

"That's football. You can't win every game. The most difficult thing is losing but you have to quickly put it behind you because the next game comes quickly. "

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe United

  • 13 Slocombe
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Reid
  • 25 Reckford
  • 26 Ribeiro
  • 04 Togwell (Robertson - 74' )
  • 08 O'Connor Booked
  • 11 Thompson (Grant - 84' )
  • 14 Walker
  • 16 Duffy (Barcham - 61' )
  • 09 Parkin Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Byrne
  • 12 Mozika
  • 10 Robertson
  • 17 Grant
  • 21 Barcham

Walsall

  • 21 Grof
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler Booked
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 14 Taundry
  • 07 Chambers
  • 11 Hurst Booked
  • 25 Cuvelier (Peterlin - 90' Booked )
  • 09 Grigg (Beevers - 82' )
  • 15 Paterson
  • 16 Nicholls (Macken - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Walker
  • 12 Beevers
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 10 Macken
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Webb
Att: 3,455

Match Stats

Shots

18 10

On target

7 8

Corners

7 2

Fouls

15 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:09

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael O'Connor from left wing. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant, clearance by Lee Beevers.

90:00 +3:09 Booking

Booking Anton Peterlin booked.

90:00 +2:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Peterlin on Michael O'Connor.

90:00 +1:09 Substitution

Substitution Anton Peterlin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Florent Cuvelier.

90:00 +1:09

Effort from outside the penalty box by Bobby Grant goes wide right of the target.

90:00 +0:56

The ball is crossed by Jordan Robertson.

90:00 +0:15

Florent Cuvelier has a drilled shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

88:56

Florent Cuvelier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Ribeiro. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

88:07

Inswinging corner taken by Josh Walker, clearance by Andy Butler.

86:40

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker, Kevan Hurst manages to make a clearance.

86:00 +2:24

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevan Hurst played to the near post, Jamie Reckord makes a clearance.

84:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael O'Connor by Adam Chambers. Free kick taken by Jamie Reckord.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Grant replaces Garry Thompson.

83:19

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

82:15

Short corner taken by Kevan Hurst, Jon Parkin makes a clearance.

81:31 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Lee Beevers coming on for Will Grigg.

80:03

Michael O'Connor challenges Jamie Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jamie Paterson, save by Sam Slocombe.

79:06

Jamie Paterson fouled by Michael O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. David Grof takes the free kick.

78:44

Jonathan Macken has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Sam Slocombe makes a comfortable save.

77:40

Florent Cuvelier produces a cross.

76:24

Jonathan Macken is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

75:48

Michael O'Connor produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Butler. Jordan Robertson takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

74:46

Josh Walker takes a shot. Save made by David Grof. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker, save made by David Grof.

73:20 Substitution

Substitution Sam Togwell goes off and Jordan Robertson comes on.

72:52

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Christian Ribeiro gets a block in. Jonathan Macken takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

71:37

Michael O'Connor delivers the ball.

71:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Will Grigg. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

67:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Sam Togwell misses to the left of the goal.

66:38

Will Grigg is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Paul Reid.

66:20

Jonathan Macken takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

62:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Andy Butler. Shot comes in from Michael O'Connor from the free kick.

60:41 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Macken is brought on as a substitute for Alex Nicholls.

60:41 Substitution

Substitution Andy Barcham replaces Mark Duffy.

60:41

Mat Sadler crosses the ball.

58:52

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler. David Grof takes the free kick.

57:58

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by David Grof.

57:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevan Hurst by Christian Ribeiro. Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

56:21

The ball is sent over by Josh Walker, Michael O'Connor has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

52:20

Jon Parkin takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.

51:16

Sam Togwell takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

50:10

Short corner taken by Josh Walker from the left by-line. The referee blows for offside. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

49:29

Mark Duffy produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

47:32

Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.

47:32 Booking

Booking Michael O'Connor is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

47:26

Foul by Michael O'Connor on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded.

46:44

Mark Duffy produces a cross, Andy Butler makes a clearance. Josh Walker delivers the ball in from the corner, Kevan Hurst manages to make a clearance.

45:48

A cross is delivered by Kevan Hurst.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +4:18 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:14

Free kick taken by Oliver Lancashire.

45:00 +3:14 Booking

Booking Andy Butler goes into the referee's book.

45:00 +2:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Parkin on Andy Butler.

45:00 +2:46 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Jon Parkin for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:51

Jon Parkin takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.

43:00

Effort on goal by Garry Thompson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

41:38

Alex Nicholls is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

40:51

Josh Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

40:10

Alex Nicholls is ruled offside. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

38:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Thompson on Mat Sadler. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick. The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler, save by Sam Slocombe.

37:19

The ball is sent over by Christian Ribeiro, Shot on goal by Jon Parkin from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

36:04

Shot from just outside the area by Mark Duffy goes over the bar.

33:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Florent Cuvelier - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Walsall Florent Cuvelier fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Walsall.

33:01

Centre by Richard Taundry, save by Sam Slocombe.

32:09

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.

31:17

Mat Sadler produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Will Grigg misses to the right of the goal.

30:02

The ball is swung over by Christian Ribeiro, clearance by Oliver Lancashire. Shot from just outside the penalty area by Garry Thompson misses to the left of the target.

28:46

The ball is crossed by Jamie Paterson.

28:29

Mat Sadler produces a cross, save by Sam Slocombe.

26:40

Josh Walker crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

26:40 Booking

Booking Kevan Hurst receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

26:25

Foul by Kevan Hurst on Christian Ribeiro, free kick awarded.

25:52

Garry Thompson is caught offside. David Grof takes the free kick.

24:45

Florent Cuvelier fouled by Michael O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the direct free kick.

24:10

Shot from just outside the box by Florent Cuvelier goes over the bar.

22:05

Garry Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

21:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on Mark Duffy. Josh Walker restarts play with the free kick.

17:37

The ball is sent over by Mark Duffy, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

17:10

Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross, Adam Chambers makes a clearance.

16:42

Shot by Christian Ribeiro from 18 yards. Andy Butler gets a block in.

15:39

Garry Thompson crosses the ball, save made by David Grof.

14:52

Michael O'Connor sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Taundry.

13:43

Effort from just outside the box by Sam Togwell goes over the bar.

13:31

The ball is swung over by Garry Thompson, clearance made by Oliver Lancashire.

11:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Cuvelier by Michael O'Connor. Richard Taundry crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Ribeiro by Andy Butler. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

10:55

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by Paul Reid.

10:33

Jamie Paterson sends in a cross, blocked by Paul Reid.

8:48

Jamie Reckord produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Butler.

8:18

The ball is delivered by Jamie Reckord, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

6:38

Josh Walker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

6:30

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, clearance by Andy Butler.

4:41

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. David Grof takes the direct free kick.

4:01

Shot from 20 yards by Will Grigg. Comfortable save by Sam Slocombe.

2:08

Unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Sam Togwell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Taundry.

1:55

Centre by Jamie Paterson, clearance by Paul Reid.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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