League One
Walsall1Shrewsbury0

Walsall 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

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:

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Post match: Walsall boss Dean Smith

"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."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 29Brandy
  • 7Chambers
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forNgooat 89'minutes
  • 10WestcarrBooked at 72mins
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 14Benning
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

Shrewsbury

  • 25Anyon
  • 5IorfaBooked at 59mins
  • 27MillsBooked at 62mins
  • 15WildigSubstituted forTaylorat 54'minutes
  • 16MkandawireBooked at 45mins
  • 18Goldson
  • 22WoodsSubstituted forParryat 83'minutes
  • 29Hall
  • 7MillerSubstituted forAtajicat 54'minutes
  • 10Foley
  • 3Jacobson

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 6Winfield
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Taylor
  • 17Parry
  • 26Atajic
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
4,222

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

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

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Foley.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces James Baxendale.

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

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Ryan Woods.

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

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

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

Dismissal

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

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

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

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

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

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

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

Dismissal

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

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

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3926854786
2Brentford3824862780
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3818416758
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Sheff Utd3814915-251
11Port Vale3915618-1351
12Bradford39111513248
13Coventry39161013148
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley36111312-646
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester39101316-943
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Shrewsbury4081418-1438
24Stevenage3910821-2038
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