Stevenage succumbed to a third successive defeat as Walsall winger Jamie Paterson struck a brilliant late winner at the Banks's Stadium.

The referee played advantage when Sam Mantom was fouled and Paterson found the top corner with his left foot.

Boro looked sharp prior to the break as Filipe Morais tested Karl Darlow before rattling the bar with a free-kick.

But Walsall raised their game after the interval, Will Grigg twice going close before Paterson fired the winner.

The downside for the Saddlers after their third win in four games was losing on-loan midfielder Florent Cuvelier with another hamstring injury.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"It was hard going in the first half but I thought it was merited in the end against a Stevenage side who are well organised and tough to break down.

"And it took a special goal from Jamie Paterson to win it. He's in a rich vein in form and he knows where the back of the net is.

"We're in a good run of form and that should gee the lads up for the televised game against Portsmouth on Friday night."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 28 Darlow
  • 04 Butler
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 22 Downing
  • 26 Taylor (Benning - 37' Booked )
  • 07 A Chambers Booked
  • 08 Cuvelier (Baxendale - 8' )
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg (Bowerman - 79' )
  • 10 Paterson
  • 29 Westcarr

Substitutes

  • 01 Grof
  • 20 Benning
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 24 Baxendale
  • 17 Bowerman

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Gray
  • 03 Hills (Tansey - 62' )
  • 04 Charles
  • 14 Roberts
  • 22 Comminges
  • 07 Grant
  • 08 Dunne Booked
  • 10 Morais Booked
  • 11 Akins
  • 24 Agyemang (Haber - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Day
  • 29 Ngala
  • 06 Tansey
  • 25 Risser
  • 32 Shroot
  • 09 Haber
  • 20 Rogers
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 3,301

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

5 5

Corners

4 5

Fouls

10 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:42 Full time

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

90:00 +2:23

David Gray crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Purkiss.

90:00 +1:21

Craig Westcarr is ruled offside. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.

86:16

The assist for the goal came from Sam Mantom.

86:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Paterson - Walsall 1 - 0 Stevenage Jamie Paterson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Walsall 1-0 Stevenage.

85:50

Craig Westcarr crosses the ball, Anthony Grant manages to make a clearance.

85:22

James Dunne fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Grant.

83:38

David Gray produces a cross, James Baxendale gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Butler. Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Bowerman. George Bowerman takes the free kick.

81:59

Greg Tansey takes a shot. Andy Butler gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais from the right by-line, clearance made by Adam Chambers.

78:12

Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman comes on in place of Will Grigg.

78:12

Craig Westcarr produces a cross, Miguel Comminges fouled by Ben Purkiss, the ref awards a free kick.

77:39

Filipe Morais produces a cross, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

75:39

Ben Purkiss takes a shot. Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance. Jamie Paterson takes a short corner.

73:34

Adam Chambers crosses the ball, clearance made by Mark Roberts. Unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Craig Westcarr results in a free kick. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

73:11

A cross is delivered by James Baxendale, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

72:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Grant on Craig Westcarr. Adam Chambers takes the free kick.

70:38

Lucas Akins produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

69:44

Sam Mantom produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

68:31

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

66:29

Unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr by Anthony Grant results in a free kick. Adam Chambers takes the free kick.

65:55

The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr. The referee blows for offside against Jamie Paterson. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.

64:54

Marcus Haber crosses the ball, save made by Karl Darlow.

63:23

Filipe Morais fouled by Malvind Benning, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Filipe Morais, Greg Tansey takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

61:47 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tansey on for Lee Hills.

61:23

Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Steve Arnold makes a save.

59:36

Direct free kick taken by David Gray.

59:36 Booking

Booking Malvind Benning goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

59:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Malvind Benning on Lucas Akins.

58:38

Unfair challenge on Will Grigg by Darius Charles results in a free kick. Andy Butler takes the direct free kick.

57:56

Sam Mantom takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

56:31

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Paterson from left channel, clearance by James Dunne.

56:31 Booking

Booking James Dunne is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

56:21

James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Malvind Benning.

54:54

Marcus Haber challenges Andy Butler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Karl Darlow takes the indirect free kick.

53:22

Jamie Paterson takes a corner.

52:29

The ball is crossed by Ben Purkiss, Will Grigg produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

51:17

Centre by James Baxendale, Mark Roberts makes a clearance. Shot from deep inside the area by Will Grigg clears the crossbar.

50:04

A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr. Jamie Paterson crosses the ball, save by Steve Arnold.

48:19

Adam Chambers challenges Filipe Morais unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

47:13

The ball is sent over by Anthony Grant, save made by Karl Darlow.

46:53

The ball is swung over by Lucas Akins, blocked by Jamie Paterson.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Agyemang leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +2:02

James Baxendale fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Westcarr crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +0:26

Unfair challenge on Will Grigg by Lee Hills results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Westcarr from right channel. The offside flag is raised against James Baxendale. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

44:10

James Dunne takes a shot. Paul Downing gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

42:47

Malvind Benning delivers the ball, save by Steve Arnold.

41:17

Malvind Benning takes the free kick.

41:17 Booking

Booking Filipe Morais is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

41:08

Unfair challenge on Sam Mantom by Filipe Morais results in a free kick.

40:51

Foul by Filipe Morais on Jamie Paterson, free kick awarded. Paul Downing restarts play with the free kick.

39:36

Will Grigg takes a shot. Darius Charles gets a block in.

36:26 Substitution

Substitution Malvind Benning replaces Andy Taylor.

32:57

Shot comes in from Filipe Morais from the free kick,

32:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Adam Chambers.

32:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chambers on Filipe Morais.

32:05

Handball decision goes against Will Grigg. Mark Roberts takes the indirect free kick.

28:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Adam Chambers. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais.

27:08

Corner taken by Sam Mantom from the right by-line, Adam Chambers takes a shot. Clearance by Lee Hills.

25:56

James Dunne challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Mantom crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Darius Charles.

25:06

Lucas Akins delivers the ball.

24:02

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sam Mantom, clearance by Mark Roberts.

22:30

Shot from just outside the box by Paul Downing misses to the right of the target. Ben Purkiss fouled by Filipe Morais, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Butler takes the direct free kick.

21:13

The offside flag is raised against Filipe Morais. Andy Butler takes the direct free kick.

19:42

James Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Westcarr. Free kick crossed by Sam Mantom. Filipe Morais takes a shot. Save by Karl Darlow.

18:45

Patrick Agyemang is caught offside. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

17:54

Foul by Patrick Agyemang on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Karl Darlow takes the free kick.

16:14

Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

14:18

Patrick Agyemang takes a shot. Clearance made by Karl Darlow. Corner taken by Filipe Morais from the left by-line, clearance by Ben Purkiss. Effort from inside the area by Darius Charles misses to the right of the goal.

13:20

Will Grigg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Roberts. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

8:13

Jamie Paterson crosses the ball, Will Grigg takes a shot. Steve Arnold makes a save.

7:25 Substitution

Substitution James Baxendale comes on in place of Florent Cuvelier.

3:36

Will Grigg concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

3:05

Patrick Agyemang is caught offside. Ben Purkiss restarts play with the free kick.

1:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Grigg by Mark Roberts. The ball is swung over by Sam Mantom, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Andy Butler misses to the right of the target.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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