Yeovil Town collected their first league goals and victory of the season at the expense of struggling Walsall.

After a first half which saw both sides waste good chances, James Hayter's header from Kevin Dawson's cross put the Glovers ahead after the interval.

Tom Bradshaw equalised from close range for the Saddlers, but they conceded a minute later.

Dawson went from provider to scorer as he forced the ball home for a first Yeovil win back in League One.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

Smith on Walsall v Yeovil

"I feel very disappointed, we should've been three goals to the good in the first half.

"We've carved them open a number of times, but couldn't take our chances.

"We expected them to come out of the traps in the second half because Gary would have told them he wasn't happy the way we were carving them open.

"The way we reacted to their second goal wasn't good. We should've had a penalty, but fell away after that."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

Johnson on Walsall v Yeovil

"We definitely deserved the victory.

"In the first half we had a position of strength and we kept them down to limited chances.

"But I wanted to get into them a little bit at half-time because we were defending well but not getting in amongst them, there wasn't that real passion to get a goal.

"And all of a sudden they did come out and they showed each other what you need to win football matches."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 22 Kinsella Booked
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Chambers
  • 06 Downing
  • 05 Holden
  • 24 Grimes Booked
  • 26 Clifford (Morris - 77' )
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 10 Sawyers (Bakayoko - 83' )
  • 14 Benning (Forde - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Baxendale
  • 13 MacGillivray
  • 17 Flanagan
  • 18 Morris
  • 20 Bakayoko
  • 27 Forde
  • 28 Rowley

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 11 Foley Booked (Ralph - 93' )
  • 03 Smith Booked
  • 20 Nugent Booked
  • 05 Martin
  • 06 Sokolik Booked
  • 04 Edwards
  • 23 Gillett
  • 09 Hayter
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 07 Dawson (Hoskins - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Moloney
  • 12 Krysiak
  • 13 Moore
  • 14 Hoskins
  • 16 Ralph
  • 21 Brooks
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 3,758

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

3 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

5 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 2.

90:00 +6:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 2.

90:00 +4:40

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +4:03 Booking

Booking Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:00

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +2:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Nathan Ralph replaces Sam Foley.

86:35

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

86:18

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:18

Foul by Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town).

85:31 Booking

Booking Sam Foley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:26

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:26

Foul by Sam Foley (Yeovil Town).

84:33

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

84:33

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

82:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Romaine Sawyers.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Kevin Dawson.

80:32

Attempt missed. Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

77:36 Booking

Booking Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

77:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Billy Clifford.

75:30

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Downing.

74:55

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:55

Foul by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town).

72:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 2. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Smith.

71:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Yeovil Town 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

70:55

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

70:46

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

70:13

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

68:48

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

68:00

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

67:59

Foul by Sam Foley (Yeovil Town).

66:21

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:21

Foul by Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town).

65:46

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

65:11

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

65:11

Sam Foley (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:11 Booking

Booking Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

62:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Malvind Benning.

61:36

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:36

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

61:22

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:22

Foul by Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town).

59:55 Booking

Booking Ashley Grimes (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

58:28

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:28

Foul by Aaron Martin (Yeovil Town).

55:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Yeovil Town 1. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin Dawson with a cross.

54:24 Booking

Booking Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

53:51

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:51

Foul by Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town).

52:55

Hand ball by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

50:55

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:21

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

48:28

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:28

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town).

47:56

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

47:56

(Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:48

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

46:48

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:22

Attempt missed. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

44:33

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

42:57

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

42:04

Ashley Grimes (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:04

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town).

38:52

Attempt saved. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

37:29

Billy Clifford (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:29

Foul by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town).

35:10

Attempt missed. Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

34:39

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Ashley Grimes.

33:47

Attempt missed. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

33:17

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Foley.

32:38

Attempt saved. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:04

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

30:08

Ashley Grimes (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:08

Foul by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town).

28:02

Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:02

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

27:17

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:24

Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:24

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

22:10

Attempt saved. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:19

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

16:28

Attempt missed. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

9:24

Attempt missed. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

8:25

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

5:28

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

4:43

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

4:11

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Billy Clifford.

3:00

Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:57

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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