Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Walsall 0.
Lyle Taylor grabbed the only goal of the game as AFC Wimbledon beat Walsall to record a first win in eight matches in all competitions.
The Dons came into the match without a victory since beating Oxford on January 14, a run that started with their 3-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Sutton three days later.
But Taylor's 12th goal of the season was enough to earn them all three points in this game as Walsall suffered a first defeat in three games.
Home goalkeeper James Shea stopped Walsall full-back Jason McCarthy's fierce drive, while Dons midfielder Tom Soares was inches away from scoring in a first half low on chances.
Dannie Bulman forced Neil Etheridge into a brilliant full-stretch save after the restart as the Dons pushed for the victory.
And Taylor gave the Dons three points with a cool finish at the second attempt to finally get the hosts' season back on track.
The striker completely missed the ball at the first attempt, before burying his second effort from 12 yards.
Tom Elliott missed a good chance to double the lead in the 89th minute and almost paid the price as Walsall came close to a late leveller.
Shea batted O'Connor's shot off the line before visiting substitute Scott Laird hit the bar in the 90th minute, but Wimbledon deservedly hung on for the win.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 7FrancombBooked at 90mins
- 8ReevesBooked at 64mins
- 33TaylorSubstituted forPoleonat 83'minutes
- 16PrestonSubstituted forBakayokoat 73'minutes
- 14OsbourneBooked at 76mins
- 2EdwardsSubstituted forLairdat 86'minutes
- John Busby
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Walsall 0.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.
Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Scott Laird (Walsall) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.
Attempt saved. James O'Connor (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Darius Charles.
Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Erhun Oztumer (Walsall).
Substitution, Walsall. Scott Laird replaces Joe Edwards.
Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall).
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Lyle Taylor.
Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).
Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).
Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.