League One
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Scunthorpe United 1-0 Walsall

Scunthorpe moved a step closer to a League One play-off spot after a slender home win over relegation-threatened Walsall.

Ryan Yates scored the game's only goal as the Iron recorded only a second win in 12 matches.

Scunthorpe are now three points clear of seventh-placed Plymouth, who have a game in hand, while Walsall are just a point above the relegation zone.

The visitors almost went ahead when Julien Ngoy tried his luck from distance in the opening exchanges but Matt Gilks was equal to it.

Down the other end Scunthorpe dangerman Josh Morris saw a free-kick come back off a post.

Luke Leahy brought a speculative save from Gilks after the restart whilst Funso Ojo came close for the hosts only to be denied by Liam Roberts.

When it looked as though the game was heading for a stalemate, Scunthorpe stole victory in the 76th minute.

Conor Townsend clipped the ball into the Walsall box and Yates was there to plant a header past Roberts.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Gilks
  • 2Clarke
  • 23McArdleBooked at 74mins
  • 5Wallace
  • 3Townsend
  • 6Ojo
  • 24Yates
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forMcGeehanat 55'minutes
  • 19HolmesSubstituted forVermijlat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Morris
  • 9ToneySubstituted forNovakat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 14Hopper
  • 17Novak
  • 18Vermijl
  • 21Burgess
  • 26McGeehan
  • 31Watson

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 15KinsellaSubstituted forShaibuat 81'minutes
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 6Devlin
  • 7ChambersBooked at 66mins
  • 4Dobson
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCuvelierat 81'minutes
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 18NgoySubstituted forOztumerat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 10Oztumer
  • 16Shaibu
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
4,083

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Walsall 0.

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

Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Marnick Vermijl replaces Duane Holmes.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Jack Fitzwater (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florent Cuvelier (Walsall).

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Justin Shaibu replaces Liam Kinsella.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Kieron Morris.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Walsall 0. Ryan Yates (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Townsend.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Scunthorpe United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Ryan Yates (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Julien Ngoy.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Lee Novak replaces Ivan Toney.

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt saved. Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Cameron McGeehan (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Cameron McGeehan replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan43289686275993
2Blackburn432612579384190
3Shrewsbury432411856362083
4Rotherham442371471512076
5Charlton441911145750768
6Scunthorpe4317161060491167
7Plymouth421810145350364
8Portsmouth44196195555063
9Peterborough4316131465551061
10Blackpool441514155953659
11Bradford42177185363-1058
12Bristol Rovers43168195864-656
13Southend431511175362-956
14Doncaster421315145250254
15Fleetwood44159205766-954
16Oxford Utd441411195863-553
17Gillingham441216164452-852
18Wimbledon431311194455-1150
19Walsall431212195163-1248
20Oldham431115175670-1448
21Rochdale431017164654-847
22Northampton441210224174-3346
23MK Dons431012214265-2342
24Bury44711263869-3132
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