Craig Westcarr scored and was later sent off as Walsall boosted their play-off hopes with victory over Shrewsbury.

Westcarr put the Saddlers ahead inside five minutes, turning on the edge of the box to fire past Joe Anyon.

He also hit a post before half-time as the home side pushed for a second.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Joseph Mills was sent off for a tackle on Adam Chambers, before Westcarr saw red for violent conduct after a clash with Sam Foley.

Dean Smith's Walsall are two points behind sixth-placed Peterborough in League One, although Posh have two games in hand, while Shrewsbury are second from bottom and two points from safety.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"The win was really important for us today, to follow up the game from Bradford and to get two successive clean sheets was really pleasing.

"The fans deserve that, we haven't won as many games as we should have at home. Some of the performances have been good without getting the points tally that we deserve.

"Westy has gone a while without scoring and he's got three in a week, in two games, and somebody now has to now step up to the plate and replace that.

"We've got players who can score goals. Can we replace Craig Westcarr? Yeah, I'm sure we can and hopefully we can do that in the next game."

Shrewsbury Town manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I'm disappointed with the result and with the sending off today. We were taking too long to move the ball and we had to move it quicker, but we didn't do that today.

"We were running out of legs, and we couldn't match Walsall.

"We have to look forward and we have to stay positive. We must find a way of controlling the game and not waiting for something to happen before we react."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Mantom
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 29 Brandy
  • 07 Chambers
  • 25 Sawyers (Ngoo - 89' )
  • 10 Westcarr Dismissed
  • 16 Baxendale (McQuilkin - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 14 Benning
  • 22 Roberts
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 30 Ngoo

Shrewsbury Town

  • 25 Anyon
  • 05 Iorfa Booked
  • 27 Mills Dismissed
  • 15 Wildig (Taylor - 54' )
  • 16 Mkandawire Booked
  • 18 Goldson
  • 22 Woods (Parry - 83' )
  • 29 Hall
  • 07 Miller (Atajic - 54' )
  • 10 Foley
  • 03 Jacobson

Substitutes

  • 01 Weale
  • 06 Winfield
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 11 Taylor
  • 17 Parry
  • 26 Atajic
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 4,222

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

3 1

Corners

8 4

Fouls

5 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +1:31

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:31

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

89:33

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

89:33

Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Romaine Sawyers.

88:25

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Foley.

88:11

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:39

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

87:27

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces James Baxendale.

85:12

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:12

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

82:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Ryan Woods.

81:31

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:31

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

80:03

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

80:03

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:14

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

77:39

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

76:50

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

71:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Craig Westcarr (Walsall) is shown the red card for fighting.

69:15

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:15

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

68:15

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

67:46

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

66:39

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:11

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

64:11

Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24 Dismissal

Dismissal Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the red card.

61:13

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

61:13

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

58:18 Booking

Booking Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

58:10

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:10

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

57:06

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

57:06

Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:19

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:19

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

53:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jon Taylor replaces Aaron Wildig.

53:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Shaun Miller.

51:43

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

51:06

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

50:56

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:38

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:13

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

46:13

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

45:33

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

45:33

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +0:54

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

44:37 Booking

Booking Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

44:28

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

44:28

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

42:24

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

39:17

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

33:03

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:03

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

31:50

Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:43

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

23:15

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:15

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

21:51

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:43

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

17:32

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

17:32

Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:37

Foul by Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town).

10:49

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:49

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

6:31

Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

6:05

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Paul Downing.

4:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

2:57

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

2:15

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

0:16

Attempt saved. Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside 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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