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Walsall 0-3 Wolves

Nouha Dicko celebrates

Wolves kept their League One automatic promotion challenge on course and recorded a club-record-equalling eighth straight win by beating Walsall.

Nouha Dicko first turned in from close range after converting James Henry's cross, following nice interplay from Jack Price and Michael Jacobs.

Walsall's Troy Hewitt then fired just wide from 20 yards before Dicko helped to scramble home a second.

Bakary Sako secured the three points with a fine left-footed free-kick.

The win marks Wolves' third 3-0 victory in a row and means they have now not conceded in six consecutive League One games.

It was no more than the visitors deserved, as Walsall struggled to create a clear chance against the leaders.

Wolves had nearly gone ahead after 20 minutes when Sako cut in and fired in a stinging effort, which Walsall's Richard O'Donnell tipped over.

But the hosts failed to impose themselves on the match following Wolves' first goal, with the result leaving the Saddlers struggling to keep up their challenge for a play-off spot.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

Dean Smith

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Post-match: Walsall boss Dean Smith

"I think the scoreline is very harsh on us - I don't think we any way deserved to lose 3-0. It just showed the quality that Kenny's got.

"The pleasing thing for me is we didn't throw the towel in, we kept going.

"Our performances have been decent, it's just the results that haven't been coming with them and sometimes that happens.

"The important game now is against Crewe and going and getting a result in that and then following up and getting a performance in and hopefully getting the right result."

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

Kenny Jackett

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Post-match: Wolves boss Jackett

"It was a great win. A different type of game against a Walsall team with a high motivational level to try to beat Wolves. You could see in their supporters and players.

"It was a key first goal, I thought it was an excellent first goal as well from James Henry. It would have been tough if Walsall would have got the first goal today.

"While it was a feisty game, I did feel the pitch sort of hampered both sides really in terms of their football.

"Particularly with the top of League One as it is, with the very, very high points total that's going to be needed to get promotion this year, then consistency is a must."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3TaylorBooked at 44mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4Butler
  • 29BrandySubstituted forWestcarrat 68'minutes
  • 6Featherstone
  • 24HewittSubstituted forNgooat 75'minutes
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forBaxendaleat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Westcarr
  • 12Downing
  • 14Benning
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 6BatthBooked at 36mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 7Henry
  • 19PriceBooked at 70mins
  • 40DickoSubstituted forL Clarkeat 75'minutes
  • 27Jacobs
  • 10SakoBooked at 30minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 3Elokobi
  • 4Edwards
  • 9L Clarke
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
10,139

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

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

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

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

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Henry.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Bakary Sako.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Troy Hewitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Nouha Dicko.

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

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Craig Westcarr replaces Febian Brandy.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3322744073
2Leyton Orient3521863571
3Brentford3321752570
4Preston35181341667
5Rotherham34171162162
6Peterborough3417413955
7MK Dons3514714349
8Swindon3513814547
9Walsall35121112147
10Port Vale3414416-746
11Sheff Utd3312813-244
12Coventry3414911341
13Bradford3491411241
14Gillingham3512518-1341
15Colchester3391212-339
16Crawley309129-439
17Bristol City3581413-638
18Oldham3510817-1138
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Tranmere349916-1936
21Stevenage3410519-1835
22Crewe359818-2735
23Shrewsbury3471116-1332
24Notts County359422-1931
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