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Fleetwood Town 2-0 Walsall

John Sheridan's reign at Fleetwood ended on a high with a well-deserved win over Walsall.

A draw with Bradford saw the Saddlers secure their League One status in midweek, so with both sides safe from the drop the game had a pre-season friendly feel to it in the basking Fylde coast sun.

There was pride to play for, though, and the Fleetwood players stepped up to the plate to ensure Sheridan's spell ended with a victory.

The ex-Oldham man took over from Uwe Rosler in February and has steered the team away from the bottom four to safety.

But it was announced last month that Joey Barton would take on the head coach role in June.

Strikers Ash Hunter and Paddy Madden secured the win.

Hunter opened the scoring with a sublime effort, whipping the ball from just outside the box into the top corner in the 31st minute.

Madden was back to his poaching best, gobbling up Mark Gillespie's parry from a Kyle Dempsey strike that was just too hot to handle in the 45th minute.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 19JonesSubstituted forPondat 70'minutes
  • 8Dempsey
  • 16Diagouraga
  • 27Biggins
  • 11GrantSubstituted forMcAlenyat 45'minutes
  • 17MaddenSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 57'minutes
  • 22Hunter

Substitutes

  • 6Pond
  • 7Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 10McAleny
  • 18Glendon
  • 28Sowerby
  • 31Crellin
  • 44Morelli

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 24RobertsBooked at 76mins
  • 23Fitzwater
  • 5Guthrie
  • 28Cockerill-Mollett
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 17Flanagan
  • 4Dobson
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forOztumerat 65'minutes
  • 3LeahySubstituted forShorrockat 65'minutes
  • 20BakayokoBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCandlinat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Devlin
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 13Roberts
  • 15Kinsella
  • 29Shorrock
  • 36Candlin
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
3,644

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Walsall 0.

Delay in match Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Walsall) because of an injury.

Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).

Kory Roberts (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Callum Cockerill-Mollett.

Attempt missed. Maz Kouhyar (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Toumani Diagouraga.

Attempt blocked. Mitchell Candlin (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Mitchell Candlin (Walsall) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Hand ball by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Fleetwood Town).

Will Shorrock (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Fitzwater.

Booking

Kory Roberts (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kory Roberts (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Fitzwater.

Attempt blocked. Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by George Dobson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Nathan Pond replaces Gethin Jones.

Delay in match Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Walsall) because of an injury.

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

Hand ball by Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Will Shorrock replaces Luke Leahy.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Fitzwater (Walsall) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462911689296098
2Blackburn462812682404296
3Shrewsbury462512960392187
4Rotherham462471573532079
5Scunthorpe4619171065501574
6Charlton462011155851771
7Plymouth461911165859-168
8Portsmouth46206205756166
9Peterborough461713166860864
10Southend461712175862-463
11Bradford46189195767-1063
12Blackpool461515166055560
13Bristol Rovers461611196066-659
14Fleetwood46169215968-957
15Doncaster461317165252056
16Oxford Utd461511206166-556
17Gillingham461317165055-556
18Wimbledon461314194758-1153
19Walsall461313205366-1352
20Rochdale461118174957-851
21Oldham461117185875-1750
22Northampton461211234377-3447
23MK Dons461112234369-2645
24Bury46812264171-3036
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