Exeter 4-2 Walsall

Alan Gow's double helped Exeter beat Walsall to keep their slim hopes of League One survival alive.

Alex Nicholls curled in the Saddlers' first before Daniel Nardiello's close-range header levelled for the hosts.

Florent Cuvelier restored the visitors' lead, but the momentum turned when Alan Gow chipped home for the Grecians soon after Walsall's Manny Smith saw red.

Gow grabbed his second from deep inside the box before Liam Sercombe slotted home to complete the hosts' turnaround.

The game could have been very different had Cuvelier's cracking effort early in the first half not hit both posts and bounced clear of the goal.

But, following Smith's sending off, Exeter could have grabbed more themselves had it not been for visiting goalkeeper David Grof, who pulled off a number of fine saves throughout the afternoon.

Victory for Exeter means they lie five points behind 20th-placed Walsall with only two games left.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

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Good form came too late - Tisdale

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"I did think we came out after half time better. I think we deserved the win.

"Over the last three games we've been excellent. We've scored nine goals in three games. It's a little too late in the season.

"It's the first time for a long time I've had a steady midfield four to work with and Alan Gow has made a big difference.

"It's the first player that has been sent off against us in the league in 115 games. It's about time something went our way."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Exeter

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Jones
  • 05 Archibald-Henville
  • 27 Baldwin
  • 04 Dunne
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Noble
  • 36 Gow
  • 10 Nardiello
  • 29 Nicholls (Frear - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 26 Bennett
  • 24 Frear
  • 20 Logan
  • 21 Bauza

Walsall

  • 21 Grof
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 06 Smith Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 14 Taundry (Grigg - 83' )
  • 11 Hurst (Lancashire - 67' )
  • 16 Nicholls
  • 25 Cuvelier Booked
  • 27 Mantom
  • 10 Macken (Westlake - 80' )
  • 28 Ledesma Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Walker
  • 02 Westlake
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 09 Grigg
  • 15 Paterson
Ref: East
Att: 4,307

Match Stats

Shots

19 12

On target

13 6

Corners

9 3

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:49 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:10

Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

90:00 +5:10 Booking

Booking Emanuel Jorge Ledesma goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +5:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

90:00 +0:56

Outswinging corner taken by David Noble, clearance by Mat Sadler. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

90:00 +0:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Will Grigg. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

88:54

The official flags Daniel Nardiello offside. Mat Sadler takes the indirect free kick.

87:30

Daniel Nardiello provided the assist for the goal.

87:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Sercombe - Exeter 4 - 2 Walsall Liam Sercombe grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 4-2 Walsall.

84:27

Corner taken right-footed by David Noble, Unfair challenge on Oliver Lancashire by Troy Archibald-Henville results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

82:27

David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

82:27 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry leaves the field to be replaced by Will Grigg.

82:27

The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Nardiello.

80:34

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by David Grof. Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the right by-line, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

79:28 Substitution

Substitution Darryl Westlake is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Macken.

78:05

Elliott Frear fouled by Sam Mantom, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

76:36

Assist by Elliott Frear.

76:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Gow - Exeter 3 - 2 Walsall Goal scored by Alan Gow from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 3-2 Walsall.

75:00

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

72:16

Elliott Frear takes a shot. Save by David Grof. Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by David Grof. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Billy Jones. Liam Sercombe takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

70:01 Booking

Booking Florent Cuvelier is shown a yellow card for dissent.

69:48

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. David Noble takes the free kick. Billy Jones takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Andy Butler. Effort on goal by Liam Sercombe from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. David Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. Free kick taken by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

68:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Gow - Exeter 2 - 2 Walsall Alan Gow grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Exeter 2-2 Walsall.

65:45

David Noble has an effort direct from the free kick.

65:45 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Lancashire comes on in place of Kevan Hurst.

65:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Emmanuele Smith dismissed for second bookable offence.

65:21

Emmanuele Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Nardiello.

62:16

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Nardiello. Free kick taken by David Grof. Alan Gow takes a shot. Blocked by Emmanuele Smith. Corner taken right-footed by David Noble from the left by-line, Florent Cuvelier makes a clearance.

60:48

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma challenges Troy Archibald-Henville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

59:03 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Frear comes on in place of Tom Nichols.

59:03

Corner from right by-line taken by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

56:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by David Noble. Mat Sadler takes the free kick.

56:07

The referee blows for offside against Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

54:09

The assist for the goal came from Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

54:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Florent Cuvelier - Exeter 1 - 2 Walsall A goal is scored by Florent Cuvelier from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 1-2 Walsall.

53:35

David Noble takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.

52:34

Corner taken right-footed by David Noble, save made by David Grof.

49:12

Assist on the goal came from Alan Gow.

49:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Nardiello - Exeter 1 - 1 Walsall Daniel Nardiello finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Exeter 1-1 Walsall.

48:43

Alan Gow takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

48:08

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

46:46

Effort on goal by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:53

Unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Billy Jones results in a free kick. Richard Taundry restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

36:49

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the right by-line, Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save. Corner taken by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the right by-line, Mat Sadler takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley. Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Sercombe by Florent Cuvelier. Free kick taken by David Noble.

33:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Macken. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

29:46

Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Macken. Liam Sercombe has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

29:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Nicholls - Exeter 0 - 1 Walsall Alex Nicholls scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 0-1 Walsall.

28:32

Effort by Daniel Nardiello from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

27:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Noble by Sam Mantom. Pat Baldwin takes the direct free kick.

26:32

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save made by David Grof.

23:54

Daniel Nardiello is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof. Tom Nichols takes a shot. Save by David Grof. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Billy Jones, Troy Archibald-Henville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuele Smith. David Grof takes the free kick.

22:58

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

18:00

The referee blows for offside against Daniel Nardiello. Richard Taundry takes the indirect free kick.

14:27

Effort from just inside the area by Jonathan Macken strikes the post.

13:29

Liam Sercombe has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

11:24

Alan Gow has an effort direct from the free kick, Sam Mantom gets a block in.

11:24 Booking

Booking Emmanuele Smith is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

11:16

Emmanuele Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow.

10:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. Direct free kick taken by Steve Tully. Billy Jones takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

7:11

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

3:37

Effort on goal by Alex Nicholls from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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