League Two
Walsall1Leyton Orient0

Walsall 1-0 Leyton Orient

Josh Gordon scored the only goal of the game as 10-man Walsall won 1-0 at home to out-of-form Leyton Orient.

Gordon's 43rd-minute strike gave Walsall, who have lost just twice in their last 13 games in all competitions, only their third home league victory of the season.

But Orient failed to capitalise on Cameron Pring's dismissal midway through the second period.

Walsall controlled the first half but most of their chances came from set-pieces, while Orient's best effort was a 25-yard Craig Clay volley straight at home goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

Gordon twice went close from successive Saddlers corners, sending a first-time volley just wide moments after seeing a shot turned away by Orient keeper Sam Sargeant.

But the striker made no mistake just before the break, beating a static Orient defence to Roberts' long clearance before rounding Sargeant and rolling into an empty net.

Walsall were reduced to 10 men after 66 minutes when left-back Pring, booked 10 minutes earlier for hauling down Matt Harrold, received a second yellow card.

He was dismissed for a late tackle on George Marsh, but the Saddlers held out comfortably to plunge Orient to 19th in the table.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 24FaceySubstituted forNormanat 18'minutes
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3PringBooked at 66mins
  • 15Holden
  • 16GuthrieSubstituted forBatesat 38'minutes
  • 8KinsellaBooked at 73mins
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forCockerill-Mollettat 71'minutes
  • 9Lavery
  • 10GordonBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 13Rose
  • 20Bates
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 30Gaffney
  • 32Perry
  • 33Jules

Leyton Orient

  • 12Sargeant
  • 14JuddBooked at 23mins
  • 23TurleySubstituted forDennisat 83'minutes
  • 5Ekpiteta
  • 15Happe
  • 8Clay
  • 44WrightSubstituted forBrophyat 45'minutes
  • 10Maguire-Drew
  • 21Marsh
  • 20Sotiriou
  • 19AngolSubstituted forHarroldat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Coulson
  • 11Dayton
  • 16Brophy
  • 17Dennis
  • 18Harrold
  • 24Janata
  • 26Kyprianou
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
4,263

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 0.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marvin Ekpiteta.

Booking

Liam Roberts (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Cameron Norman.

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Dennis (Leyton Orient).

Attempt missed. George Marsh (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Louis Dennis replaces Jamie Turley.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Marvin Ekpiteta (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ruel Sotiriou (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Myles Judd with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alfie Bates with a cross following a set piece situation.

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient).

Alfie Bates (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Leyton Orient).

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

James Brophy (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Sargeant.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kinsella with a headed pass.

Booking

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Ruel Sotiriou (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Clay with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Callum Cockerill-Mollett replaces Wesley McDonald.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Jamie Turley (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Cameron Pring (Walsall) for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron Pring (Walsall).

George Marsh (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Alfie Bates.

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

Foul by Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient).

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

James Brophy (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon25154645271849
2Exeter2513843527847
3Crewe24135646291744
4Bradford24127531191243
5Forest Green2511772719840
6Colchester24109535231239
7Northampton2511683428639
8Cheltenham24911435201538
9Plymouth2311573425938
10Port Vale2581163231135
11Salford258893134-332
12Scunthorpe2587103333031
13Cambridge2587103030031
14Newport237972121030
15Walsall2586112332-930
16Crawley2561093235-328
17Mansfield2569103337-427
18Grimsby236892328-526
19Leyton Orient2568113242-1026
20Oldham2468102537-1226
21Carlisle2567122340-1725
22Macclesfield2351172226-420
23Morecambe2546152044-2418
24Stevenage24211111530-1517
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