Walsall closed the gap on the League One play-off places with a home victory over 10-man Carlisle.

Romaine Sawyers shot the Saddlers ahead from Paul Downing's through ball.

Carlisle were awarded a penalty when Andy Taylor handballed but Lee Miller saw his kick saved by Richard O'Donnell and fired the rebound over the bar.

Milan Lalkovic doubled the hosts' lead with a turn and shot before Carlisle's Courtney Meppen-Walter was sent off for pulling back Troy Hewitt.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 02 Purkiss Booked
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Mantom
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 07 Chambers Booked (Featherstone - 84' )
  • 10 Westcarr (Hewitt - 40' )
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 09 Lalkovic (Gray - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 14 Benning
  • 15 Chambers
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 27 Gray

Carlisle United

  • 40 Amos
  • 28 Ehmer Booked
  • 03 Robson Booked
  • 06 Buaben (Potts - 59' )
  • 23 O'Hanlon Booked
  • 30 Meppen-Walter Dismissed
  • 07 Amoo
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 09 Miller (Guy - 93' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 33 Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 04 Chantler
  • 08 Noble
  • 16 Potts
  • 17 Beck
  • 20 Fleming
  • 29 Guy
  • 32 Morris (Potts - 76' )
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 4,062

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 3

Corners

6 1

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 2, Carlisle United 0.

90:00 +5:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Carlisle United 0.

90:00 +2:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Lewis Guy replaces Lee Miller.

90:00 +1:19

Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Milan Lalkovic.

90:00 +0:19

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

86:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

86:48

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:48

Foul by Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United).

85:13

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

85:13

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Featherstone replaces Adam Chambers.

82:28

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:16 Booking

Booking Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

81:12

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

81:12

Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:41

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:41

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

76:56 Booking

Booking Matty Robson (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

76:42

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:42

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

76:00

Troy Hewitt (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:56

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

75:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Brad Potts replaces Josh Morris because of an injury.

70:03

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

70:03

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 2, Carlisle United 0. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andy Taylor.

59:18 Booking

Booking Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

59:13

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:13

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

58:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Josh Morris replaces Prince Buaben.

56:24

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:24

Foul by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

54:50

Attempt missed. Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:55 Booking

Booking Ben Purkiss (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

53:47

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

53:47

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:25

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:18

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

45:37

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:37

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Carlisle United 0.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 1, Carlisle United 0.

45:00 +1:57

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

42:04

Attempt saved. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

41:11

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Prince Buaben.

39:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Craig Westcarr because of an injury.

38:53 Booking

Booking Max Ehmer (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

38:41

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

38:41

Foul by Max Ehmer (Carlisle United).

33:18

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

33:18

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:18

Attempt missed. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

27:44

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

27:44

(Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:14

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Amos.

26:51

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Amos.

26:40

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:12

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

24:33

Penalty saved! Lee Miller (Carlisle United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

23:30

Penalty conceded by Andy Taylor (Walsall) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

22:46

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:00

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

22:00

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

21:13

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:13

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

20:17

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:16

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

19:20

Attempt missed. Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

14:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Carlisle United 0. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Downing.

13:25

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

11:51

Hand ball by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

5:28

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

2:18

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

0:59

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

0:39

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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