Preston North End dominated a sorry Walsall side to notch their first win of the season.

The visitors took the lead through a superb free-kick by Joel Byrom which sneaked inside the far post.

Chris Humphrey doubled their advantage in the second half when he strolled through the defence to drive home.

A mistake by defender Malvind Benning let in Lee Holmes to poke home a third and complete the rout, handing the Saddlers their first home defeat.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 14 Benning (Taylor - 65' )
  • 15 J Chambers
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 08 Mantom
  • 11 Hemmings (Sawyers - 60' )
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 09 Lalkovic
  • 10 Westcarr (Featherstone - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Roberts
  • 03 Taylor
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 24 Hewitt

Preston

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird (Buchanan - 71' )
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 13 Byrom
  • 09 Davies Booked
  • 10 Beavon (Garner - 51' )
  • 11 Holmes (Wroe - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 08 Wroe
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 14 Garner
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 4,205

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

2 7

Corners

6 8

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:21 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:10

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line.

90:00 +3:57

Andy Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Declan Rudd catches the ball.

90:00 +3:26

Joel Byrom concedes a free kick for a foul on James Baxendale.

90:00 +2:52

Free kick crossed by Nicky Wroe.

90:00 +2:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Adam Chambers.

90:00 +1:54

Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Andy Taylor.

90:00 +1:01

Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:51

David Buchanan concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Downing.

90:00 +0:41

Joel Byrom crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Adam Chambers.

88:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Baxendale.

87:19

Joe Garner has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Richard O'Donnell safely holds on.

86:57

Foul by Nicky Featherstone on Nicky Wroe, free kick awarded.

86:39

Sam Mantom takes the free kick.

86:32

Unfair challenge on Milan Lalkovic by Paul Huntington results in a free kick.

83:40

James Baxendale takes the free kick.

83:25

Foul by Joel Byrom on James Baxendale, free kick awarded.

81:58

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

81:43

Joe Garner is ruled offside.

81:27

Clearance made by Paul Downing.

81:22

The ball is crossed by Tom Clarke.

81:11

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

81:07

The ball is swung over by David Buchanan.

80:43

Keith Keane restarts play with the free kick.

80:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Downing on Kevin Davies.

79:44

Nicky Wroe takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

78:48

Shot by Romaine Sawyers missed to the left of the net.

77:43 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Wroe on for Lee Holmes.

77:30

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

77:22

Andy Taylor produces a cross.

76:58

Joe Garner takes a shot. Andy Butler gets a block in.

75:40

Joel Byrom produces a cross.

74:39

Corner taken by Andy Taylor.

72:42

Andy Taylor has an effort at goal. Declan Rudd parries the ball away.

72:19

Corner taken by James Baxendale.

71:57

James Chambers takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

71:08

Free kick taken by James Baxendale.

70:47 Substitution

Substitution Scott Laird leaves the field to be replaced by David Buchanan.

70:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Milan Lalkovic by Keith Keane.

69:12

The ball is sent over by Andy Taylor.

68:03

Strike on goal comes in from Milan Lalkovic from the free kick. Joel Byrom gets a block in.

67:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Joel Byrom.

64:37 Substitution

Substitution Andy Taylor comes on in place of Malvind Benning.

64:25 Substitution

Substitution Craig Westcarr leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Featherstone.

63:47

Free kick taken by Milan Lalkovic.

63:35

Joe Garner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Lalkovic.

60:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Holmes - Walsall 0 - 3 Preston Lee Holmes scores with a left foot finish. Walsall 0-3 Preston.

59:20 Substitution

Substitution Romaine Sawyers is brought on as a substitute for Ashley Hemmings.

58:56

Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

57:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Humphrey - Walsall 0 - 2 Preston Chris Humphrey slots the ball left footed into the goal. Walsall 0-2 Preston.

56:17

Shot by Joe Garner went over the bar.

55:41

Scott Laird takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

55:26

Chris Humphrey sends in a cross.

53:23

Lee Holmes produces a cross.

51:19

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

51:15

Joel Byrom takes the free kick.

51:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Lalkovic on Scott Laird.

50:50

Paul Downing makes a clearance.

50:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joel Byrom.

50:25

Clearance made by Malvind Benning.

50:16

Free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

50:11 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner comes on in place of Stuart Beavon.

49:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Andy Butler.

49:28

Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.

49:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Huntington by Craig Westcarr.

47:18

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

46:16

Stuart Beavon takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

45:30

Header at goal by Kevin Davies goes over the frame of the goal.

45:23

Chris Humphrey sends in a cross.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:01

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:37

Ashley Hemmings concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Keane.

45:00 +0:03

Free kick taken by Adam Chambers.

44:56

Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Stuart Beavon results in a free kick.

44:35

Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

44:15

The assistant referee flags for offside against Milan Lalkovic.

43:47

Craig Westcarr takes the free kick.

43:39

Lee Holmes concedes a free kick for a foul on Malvind Benning.

43:18

Clearance made by Keith Keane.

43:10

Corner taken by James Baxendale from the left by-line.

37:12

Keith Keane restarts play with the free kick.

37:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Mantom on Keith Keane.

36:54

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

36:32

Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler.

36:25

The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.

35:29

Caution for Kevin Davies.

35:29 Booking

Booking

35:24

Sam Mantom fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick.

35:07

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

35:02

Centre by Lee Holmes.

33:24

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

33:19

Malvind Benning delivers the ball.

29:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Byrom - Walsall 0 - 1 Preston Free kick scored by Joel Byrom. Walsall 0-1 Preston.

29:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Malvind Benning on Stuart Beavon.

27:22

Ashley Hemmings takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

26:44

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings from the right by-line.

25:54

Clearance made by Andy Butler.

25:49

The ball is sent over by Scott Laird.

25:08

Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

25:01

Milan Lalkovic crosses the ball.

22:59

Lee Holmes restarts play with the free kick.

22:37

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies.

22:05

James Baxendale takes the free kick.

21:46

Bailey Wright challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19:03

Clearance made by Andy Butler.

18:58

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the left by-line.

18:28

Lee Holmes takes a shot. James Chambers gets a block in.

16:59

Adam Chambers takes the free kick.

16:43

Lee Holmes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers.

16:29

Clearance by Sam Mantom.

16:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Holmes.

13:59

Header at goal by Bailey Wright. Richard O'Donnell safely holds on.

13:48

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the right by-line.

13:33

Chris Humphrey sends in a cross.

13:11

Andy Butler takes the free kick.

12:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Holmes on Malvind Benning.

11:50

Header by Stuart Beavon goes harmlessly over the bar.

11:37

Lee Holmes delivers the ball.

11:19

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

11:13

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the left by-line.

8:20

Shot by Sam Mantom missed to the right of the net.

7:57

Clearance by Paul Downing.

7:49

Scott Laird crosses the ball.

6:58

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

6:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Huntington on Andy Butler.

6:45

Corner taken by Lee Holmes.

6:11

Chris Humphrey has an effort at goal. Richard O'Donnell parries the ball away.

5:06

James Chambers takes the free kick.

4:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Clarke.

4:39

Andy Butler makes a clearance.

4:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Holmes.

3:40

Shot by Stuart Beavon. Richard O'Donnell parries the ball away.

2:41

The ball is swung over by Lee Holmes.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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