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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:

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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

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient1210203182332
2Peterborough1210112481631
3Wolves118212171426
4Preston126421913622
5Bradford1263321101121
6Swindon126242213920
7MK Dons125432116519
8Crawley115421814419
9Walsall125431412219
10Rotherham125431818019
11Brentford125341616018
12Port Vale124261418-414
13Shrewsbury122641214-212
14Colchester122641117-612
15Carlisle113351020-1012
16Crewe123361125-1412
17Coventry126332721611
18Oldham113261416-211
19Gillingham122371421-79
20Sheff Utd122281020-108
21Stevenage122281021-118
22Tranmere122281025-158
23Notts County112181321-87
24Bristol City110651522-76
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