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Walsall 0-1 Bury

Craig Jones
Craig Jones joined Bury in the summer of 2012

Craig Jones' goal earned Bury their first league win of the season and ended Walsall's unbeaten start.

The Saddlers claimed a draw and four consecutive wins in August, and went into Saturday's game top of the table.

But they were undone by Jones' sixth-minute strike, which he powered low into the net.

Walsall pushed for an equaliser, but Shakers goalkeeper Rob Lainton produced a string of saves to make sure his side went away with all three points.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"I can't have asked any more of the players, they gave it their all.

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Smith on Walsall v Bury

"We didn't start the game very well and we got punished by a decent goal from them but, for half an hour in the first half it's as well as we've played this season so far.

"It was a good finish from them but looking back we know we could have defended it better."

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Flitcroft on Walsall v Bury

"It was the ultimate team performance, in everything we did.

"In a good film, you never remember the start of the film, it's only ghosts that remember the start of the film and you always remember the end.

"At the start of the film today we played some good stuff ourselves, we were unplayable and caused a lot of problems.

"It was a tough game today but that's the way football is."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Henry
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forLalkovicat 76'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12FordeSubstituted forCookat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella
  • 30Jezeph

Bury

  • 26Lainton
  • 2RileySubstituted forBrownat 50'minutes
  • 27Cameron
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Hussey
  • 14JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Soares
  • 4Tutte
  • 8MellisSubstituted forPughat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Mayor
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forPopeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Pope
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 22Pugh
  • 28Dudley
  • 34Ruddy
  • 35Foulds
  • 40Brown
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
4,829

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBury
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Bury 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Bury 1.

Attempt saved. Tom Soares (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bury).

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Bury) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Bury).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Adam Chambers.

Booking

Danny Pugh (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Danny Pugh (Bury).

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Craig Jones (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Peter Clarke (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Bury).

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Andrew Tutte (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Soares.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bury).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Chris Hussey (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Reece Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Danny Pugh replaces Jacob Mellis.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Tom Pope replaces Leon Clarke.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Attempt saved. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Bury).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham6420113814
2Walsall6411114713
3Sheff Utd540195412
4Burton540174312
5Rochdale632193611
6Swindon6321128411
7Coventry5311126610
8Chesterfield631297210
9Wigan631276110
10Fleetwood622210828
11Bradford622268-28
12Bury6141111107
13Oldham61415507
14Barnsley6213610-47
15Port Vale51316426
16Southend613257-26
17Doncaster613235-26
18Shrewsbury612368-25
19Scunthorpe612358-35
20Peterborough6114611-54
21Millwall5113410-64
22Blackpool6114412-84
23Colchester5032510-53
24Crewe6024612-62
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