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Walsall 2-1 Stevenage

Craig Westcarr

Walsall pulled off their first home win since the opening day of the season to beat Stevenage at the Banks's Stadium.

Ashley Hemmings set up Romaine Sawyers' side-footed opener on 11 minutes.

James Baxendale then released Craig Westcarr after the restart to make it 2-0, hammering a low left-footed shot for his seventh goal of the season.

Francois Zoko pulled one back on 72 minutes when keeper Richard O'Donnell dropped Luke Freeman's cross, but Boro then had Lucas Akins sent off late on.

The Stevenage striker received his marching orders in the 80th minute for punching Saddlers defender Paul Downing after the ball had gone, referee Andy Madley producing the red card after consulting with his fourth official.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Stevenage manager Graham Westley

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"Several of the lads were very unwell. When food poisoning hits your camp, it's difficult.

"Take nothing away from the opposition, they worked hard for the points. We were way short in the first half and I think it's understandable with the level of sickness we have had in the side.

On Akins' red card: "There was an arm to the body when he was trying to break free from a headlock.

"I think he [the fourth official] got the needle because I threw a ball on the pitch, and the next minute I'm having a player sent off and no one else had seen the incident."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3TaylorBooked at 74mins
  • 8Mantom
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 88'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forHewittat 84'minutes
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forLalkovicat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22GrayBooked at 58minsSubstituted forDunneat 62'minutes
  • 29HartleyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forAndradeat 46'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 5Ashton
  • 6Jones
  • 7Morais
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forTanseyat 45+1'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsBooked at 80mins
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 8Dunne
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 17Tansey
  • 25Andrade
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
3,720

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Stevenage 1.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Attempt blocked. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Attempt saved. Julian Gray (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Ashley Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces James Baxendale.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) is shown the red card for fighting.

Attempt missed. James Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Booking

Andy Taylor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Stevenage 1. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces David Gray.

Attempt missed. James Chambers (Walsall) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Gray.

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

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

Booking

David Gray (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by David Gray (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1210202332
2Peterborough1210111631
3Wolves118211426
4Preston12642622
5Bradford126331121
6Swindon12624920
7MK Dons12543519
8Crawley11542419
9Walsall12543219
10Rotherham12543019
11Brentford12534018
12Port Vale12426-414
13Shrewsbury12264-212
14Colchester12264-612
15Carlisle11335-1012
16Crewe12336-1412
17Coventry12633611
18Oldham11326-211
19Gillingham12237-79
20Sheff Utd12228-108
21Stevenage12228-118
22Tranmere12228-158
23Notts County11218-87
24Bristol City11065-76
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