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Walsall 2-0 Fleetwood Town

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Highlights: Walsall 2-0 Fleetwood

League One leaders Walsall moved into the second round of the FA Cup at the expense of struggling Fleetwood.

Midfielder George Evans gave Walsall the lead, firing in a low drive after good work from Milan Lalkovic and Romaine Sawyers.

Fleetwood went close a number of times in the second half, but Anthony Forde sealed it for Walsall with a powerful cross-shot from the left.

Walsall will be the highest-ranked side in Monday's second-round draw.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Smith on Walsall v Fleetwood Town

"I think the little bit of quality in the game was the goal by George Evans, we've gone through by being average in all honesty.

"I thought at times we showed some really good play, but on the majority I was disappointed with us.

"We looked like we lacked a little bit of energy today, but in the end defended well enough to get the win."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeSubstituted forMacGillivrayat 46'minutes
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 16Preston
  • 14Henry
  • 18Morris
  • 27Evans
  • 7Chambers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 46'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella

Fleetwood

  • 1Maxwell
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Pond
  • 47DavisBooked at 33mins
  • 7Bell
  • 12Hornby-Forbes
  • 18Sarcevic
  • 5JónssonSubstituted forHaughtonat 71'minutes
  • 23BallSubstituted forMcManusat 78'minutes
  • 8Ryan
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forMattat 46'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 4Jordan
  • 10Matt
  • 14Grant
  • 17McManus
  • 27Haughton
  • 28Sowerby
  • 40Gogic
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
2,532

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Fleetwood Town 0. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Joe Davis (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Booking

Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

Matt Preston (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Jimmy Ryan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. George Evans (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Declan McManus replaces David Ball.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Davis.

Foul by Matt Preston (Walsall).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Tyler Hornby-Forbes (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Nick Haughton replaces Eggert Jónsson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

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

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

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