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Walsall 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Erhun Oztumer's glorious free-kick and a Simeon Jackson double handed League One new boys AFC Wimbledon a rude awakening as they slipped to an opening-day defeat at Walsall.

Oztumer - a summer signing from Peterborough - crashed in a 25-yard free-kick off the post to put Walsall ahead just seven minutes in after fellow new boy Jackson was fouled by Chris Whelpdale.

Whelpdale should have levelled on 28 minutes when he smartly turned Saddlers defender James O'Connor but scuffed wide from 10 yards.

A double save from Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge kept the hosts in front, blocking from first Lyle Taylor and then Andy Barcham as Wimbledon went close.

But the Saddlers doubled their lead on 38 minutes as the Dons' defence made a hash of dealing with a floated Oztumer free-kick and Jackson bundled home from close range.

Walsall put the game to bed on 72 minutes when Jackson tucked home substitute Amadou Bakayoko's cross on the volley from close range.

Wimbledon claimed a 90th-minute consolation when Taylor picked himself up to fire home from the spot after being hauled down by Walsall full-back Rico Henry.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Edwards
  • 4O'ConnorSubstituted forPrestonat 61'minutes
  • 5McCarthy
  • 3HenryBooked at 90mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 14Osbourne
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forBakayokoat 69'minutes
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forMoussaat 75'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 11Morris
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 18Ginnelly
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Wimbledon

  • 26Clarke
  • 2Fuller
  • 6RobinsonBooked at 37mins
  • 32Charles
  • 22Kelly
  • 11WhelpdaleSubstituted forParrettat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Bulman
  • 8Reeves
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forPoleonat 67'minutes
  • 33Taylor
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forBarnettat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 5Nightingale
  • 10Poleon
  • 16Beere
  • 18Parrett
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 23Barnett
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,845

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 3, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 3, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

Franck Moussa (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Booking

Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Franck Moussa (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, AFC Wimbledon 1. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Rico Henry (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty AFC Wimbledon. Tyrone Barnett draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Rico Henry (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Franck Moussa (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Franck Moussa replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, AFC Wimbledon 0. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Amadou Bakayoko.

Sean Kelly (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dean Parrett replaces Chris Whelpdale.

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

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (AFC Wimbledon).

Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tyrone Barnett replaces Andy Barcham.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Millwall11003033
2Gillingham11003123
3Scunthorpe11003123
4Walsall11003123
5Bury11002023
6Peterborough11003213
7Bolton11001013
8MK Dons11001013
9Swindon11001013
10Chesterfield10101101
11Fleetwood10101101
12Northampton10101101
13Oxford Utd10101101
14Bradford10100001
15Port Vale10100001
16Rochdale100123-10
17Coventry100101-10
18Sheff Utd100101-10
19Shrewsbury100101-10
20Wimbledon100113-20
21Bristol Rovers100113-20
22Southend100113-20
23Charlton100102-20
24Oldham100103-30
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