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Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe United

Lee Novak's 10th League One goal of the season handed Scunthorpe a fourth successive victory as the Iron won at out-of-form Walsall.

Novak's cool finish lifted United to 15th, leapfrogging Walsall, who dropped to 16th, having won just one of their past 12 league matches.

Scunthorpe led after 12 minutes as midfielder Funso Ojo stole in unmarked to volley home Tony McMahon's floated corner from around 15 yards.

The only other chance of a poor first half came seven minutes later as Iron keeper Jak Alnwick tipped Walsall top scorer Andy Cook's 18-yard strike wide.

However, right-back Nicky Devlin brought Walsall level with a superb goal in the 53rd minute, surging past two men into the area and beating another before lashing past Alnwick.

Scunthorpe regained the lead after 68 minutes as George Thomas' weighted pass freed Novak to dink a clever finish over Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

The Saddlers never threatened a second leveller as their winless run stretched to seven games in all competitions.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 20Johnson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 75mins
  • 10Ismail
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forMussaat 87'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 11Jarvis
  • 16FerrierSubstituted forGordonat 11'minutesBooked at 41mins
  • 9Cook

Substitutes

  • 4Dobson
  • 8Morris
  • 13Dunn
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Kouhyar
  • 29Gordon
  • 31Mussa

Scunthorpe

  • 25Alnwick
  • 4McMahon
  • 23McArdle
  • 21Burgess
  • 3Borthwick-Jackson
  • 22Sutton
  • 14PerchBooked at 43minsSubstituted forLundat 85'minutes
  • 6Ojo
  • 18ThomasSubstituted forLewisat 79'minutes
  • 17Novak
  • 29WoottonSubstituted forWebsterat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Webster
  • 7Lund
  • 10van Veen
  • 15Lewis
  • 26McGahey
  • 27Flatt
  • 47Hammill
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
3,984

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

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

Foul by Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Omar Mussa (Walsall).

Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Omar Mussa replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

James Perch (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Lund replaces James Perch.

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

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Clayton Lewis replaces George Thomas.

Booking

Luke Leahy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Zeli Ismail (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Byron Webster replaces Kyle Wootton.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 2. Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Thomas.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

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

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Scunthorpe United 1. Nicky Devlin (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

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

Attempt blocked. Luke Leahy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tony McMahon (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Connor Johnson (Walsall).

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

Matthew Jarvis (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

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

Foul by James Perch (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth27176446252157
2Luton27158450252553
3Sunderland261410247252252
4Charlton28155846311550
5Barnsley26147543222149
6Peterborough27138647341347
7Doncaster27136849351445
8Coventry28116113032-239
9Blackpool2610882725238
10Fleetwood2798103732535
11Burton27105123636035
12Southend27112143434035
13Wycombe2798103740-335
14Accrington269892735-835
15Scunthorpe2896133653-1733
16Walsall2788112943-1432
17Gillingham2794143945-631
18Shrewsbury2779112935-630
19Rochdale2886143458-2430
20Bristol Rovers2777132529-428
21Oxford Utd2769123343-1027
22Bradford2783163143-1227
23Plymouth2776143449-1527
24Wimbledon2765162138-1723
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