Swindon Town moved into the League One play-off places as Walsall's winless run was extended to 10 matches.

Simon Ferry scored after 57 seconds to put the visitors ahead when he lashed home a cross from Gary Roberts.

Matt Ritchie netted Swindon's second after Walsall debutant Malvind Benning blocked a shot from Miles Storey.

Andy Williams was denied by Walsall keeper David Grof when clean through, while Adam Chambers and Jamie Paterson went close for the home side.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"The start was good from us. We dominated, they didn't have one shot on target. We fully deserved it.

"We came in professionally and did our job properly. The players were very good, they did a fantastic job.

"There were 11 leaders on the field. The back four were fantastic, they didn't make any mistakes."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 Grof
  • 02 Taundry
  • 04 Butler
  • 05 Holden
  • 20 Benning
  • 06 Featherstone (Bowerman - 83' )
  • 07 Chambers
  • 24 Baxendale (Brandy - 55' )
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg
  • 10 Paterson (Hemmings - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Walker
  • 22 Downing
  • 25 Chambers
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 16 Jones
  • 12 Brandy
  • 17 Bowerman

Swindon

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 03 McEveley
  • 05 Devera
  • 15 Thompson
  • 22 Ward
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 11 Roberts (De Vita - 71' )
  • 33 Bostock (Thompson - 80' )
  • 09 Collins (Storey - 55' )
  • 16 Williams

Substitutes

  • 30 Bedwell
  • 02 Archibald-Henville
  • 19 Thompson
  • 14 Benson
  • 20 Storey
  • 23 De Vita
  • 28 Rooney
Ref: Lewis
Att: 4,139

Match Stats

Shots

6 13

On target

3 7

Corners

5 3

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:13

The ball is sent over by Andy Williams.

90:00 +1:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on Simon Ferry. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.

90:00 +0:19

The ball is crossed by Richard Taundry. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Richard Taundry.

89:02

Dean Holden decides to take the corner short. Matt Ritchie challenges Sam Mantom unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Grof.

88:49

Richard Taundry crosses the ball.

86:17

George Bowerman delivers the ball, Raffaele De Vita makes a clearance.

82:26 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman on for Nicky Featherstone.

82:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Williams on Malvind Benning. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

81:33

Andy Williams takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.

79:48

Andy Williams takes a shot.

78:23 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Louis Thompson coming on for John Bostock.

78:23 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings on for Jamie Paterson.

78:23

The ball is swung over by Andy Williams, Simon Ferry takes a shot.

76:35

Foul by Nathan Thompson on Malvind Benning, free kick awarded. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

75:50

Jamie Paterson produces a cross, Nathan Thompson makes a clearance.

74:39

The referee blows for offside. Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

72:53

Miles Storey is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

72:16

A cross is delivered by Will Grigg.

71:34

Unfair challenge on Nicky Featherstone by John Bostock results in a free kick. David Grof takes the free kick.

69:36 Substitution

Substitution Raffaele De Vita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Roberts.

69:36

Andy Williams takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

61:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Walsall 0 - 2 Swindon Matt Ritchie fires in a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-2 Swindon.

60:54

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line.

59:38

Foul by John Bostock on Nicky Featherstone, free kick awarded. Jamie Paterson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Wes Foderingham.

59:10

The ball is crossed by Nathan Thompson.

58:19

The ball is delivered by Jay McEveley, save by David Grof.

56:04

Simon Ferry takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

54:12 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Miles Storey coming on for James Collins.

54:12 Substitution

Substitution Febian Brandy is brought on as a substitute for James Baxendale.

51:56

Short corner taken by Gary Roberts from the left by-line.

50:58

Malvind Benning takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Malvind Benning.

50:22

Simon Ferry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Mantom. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Paterson.

49:37

The ball is swung over by Gary Roberts, James Collins has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

48:42

Andy Williams is caught offside. Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.

48:24

Andy Williams is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

47:28

Jay McEveley crosses the ball.

46:09

Effort from the edge of the area by Adam Chambers goes wide of the right-hand post. Unfair challenge on Andy Williams by Dean Holden results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jay McEveley.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Malvind Benning on Matt Ritchie. Nathan Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

43:29

Matt Ritchie takes a inswinging corner.

42:42

Gary Roberts takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

42:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Thompson by Jamie Paterson. Free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

41:10

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Wes Foderingham makes a save.

40:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on Nicky Featherstone. Free kick taken by David Grof.

36:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Williams. David Grof takes the free kick.

35:19

Andy Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

34:59

Shot from just outside the box by Sam Mantom misses to the right of the goal.

33:21

Foul by Nicky Featherstone on James Collins, free kick awarded. Darren Ward restarts play with the free kick.

31:34

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Adam Chambers results in a free kick. Darren Ward takes the indirect free kick.

29:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Nicky Featherstone. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

28:46

Matt Ritchie concedes a free kick for a foul on Malvind Benning. Jamie Paterson takes the indirect free kick.

28:34

Richard Taundry produces a cross, clearance made by Nathan Thompson.

27:59

Will Grigg fouled by Joe Devera, the ref awards a free kick. Malvind Benning takes the free kick.

27:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on James Collins. John Bostock takes the free kick.

26:20

James Collins takes a shot. Richard Taundry gets a block in.

26:00

James Baxendale crosses the ball.

23:54

Corner taken by Malvind Benning from the right by-line.

23:43

Andy Butler produces a cross.

21:23

Gary Roberts fouled by Nicky Featherstone, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Ferry restarts play with the free kick.

18:37

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Holden.

15:52

John Bostock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers. Indirect free kick taken by Malvind Benning.

13:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on Malvind Benning. Free kick taken by David Grof.

12:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler by James Collins. Malvind Benning restarts play with the free kick.

11:49

The ball is crossed by Richard Taundry, save by Wes Foderingham.

8:17

James Collins takes a shot.

5:47

Simon Ferry takes a shot.

5:08

Andy Williams produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

4:37

Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line.

3:18

Jamie Paterson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

1:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Andy Williams. Malvind Benning takes the free kick.

0:57

Gary Roberts provided the assist for the goal.

0:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Ferry - Walsall 0 - 1 Swindon Simon Ferry scores a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Swindon.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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