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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:

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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:

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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 forClarkeat 75'minutes
  • 27Jacobs
  • 10SakoBooked at 30minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 3Elokobi
  • 4Edwards
  • 9Clarke
  • 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

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves33227460204073
2Leyton Orient35218668333571
3Brentford33217556312570
4Preston351813451351667
5Rotherham341711664432162
6Peterborough34174135546955
7MK Dons35147145047349
8Swindon35138145247547
9Walsall351211123938147
10Port Vale34144164653-746
11Sheff Utd33128133638-244
12Coventry34149116259341
13Bradford34914114543241
14Gillingham35125184457-1341
15Colchester33912123942-339
16Crawley3091293438-439
17Bristol City35814135258-638
18Oldham35108174051-1138
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Tranmere3499164160-1936
21Stevenage34105193654-1835
22Crewe3598184067-2735
23Shrewsbury34711163346-1332
24Notts County3594224261-1931
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