League Two
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Walsall 2-1 Cambridge United

Josh Gordon scored after 49 seconds as Walsall ended a six-game League Two losing streak with a narrow 2-1 win over Cambridge.

Gordon netted his fourth goal in two games - after a midweek EFL Trophy hat-trick - as he bundled home Shay Facey's low cross as the U's protested in vain for handball.

Walsall doubled their lead after only 10 minutes as Mat Sadler netted a close-range header from Alfie Bates' corner.

United had chances to pull one back as Harvey Knibbs nodded Paul Lewis' cross straight at goalkeeper Liam Roberts from six yards and Sam Smith's glancing header from Liam O'Neil's centre hit the post.

But Walsall dominated proceedings as Caolan Lavery, Wes McDonald and Rory Holden all shot straight at Dimitar Mitov when well placed, while Bates curled inches wide.

After the break, Roberts tipped a shot from Cambridge substitute Jack Roles wide, before Mitov turned over a rocket from McDonald.

Knibbs steered Smith's 92nd-minute knockdown into the bottom corner to give Cambridge hope but Walsall held on to move five points above the drop.

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Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 5J Clarke
  • 4Sadler
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15HoldenBooked at 84mins
  • 20Bates
  • 8Kinsella
  • 25McDonald
  • 9LaverySubstituted forGaffneyat 83'minutes
  • 10GordonSubstituted forAdebayoat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 26Liddle
  • 30Gaffney
  • 33Jules

Cambridge

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Mitov
  • 5Taylor
  • 34Ward
  • 4TaftSubstituted forNorville-Williamsat 89'minutes
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forDunkat 59'minutes
  • 8O'Neil
  • 22LewisSubstituted forRolesat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 3Jones
  • 10Maris
  • 26Knibbs
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 9Dallas
  • 11Dunk
  • 16Darling
  • 24Norville-Williams
  • 25Burton
  • 27Worman
  • 30Roles
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
5,429

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Cambridge United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Cambridge United 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 2, Cambridge United 1. Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Smith with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Jordan Norville-Williams replaces George Taft.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Maris (Cambridge United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Jones with a cross following a corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Josh Gordon.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by James Clarke.

  8. Post update

    Elliott Ward (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

  10. Booking

    Rory Holden (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rory Holden (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Taft (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Roles.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Caolan Lavery.

  15. Post update

    Jack Roles (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

  17. Post update

    Foul by George Taft (Cambridge United).

  18. Post update

    Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

  20. Post update

    Daniel Jones (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.