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Carlisle United 2-1 Walsall

Carlisle moved seven points clear of the League Two relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win over Walsall.

Nick Anderton's debut strike and an own goal by Saddlers goalkeeper Liam Roberts secured the Cumbrians just their second victory in 11 league games - both of which have come against the Saddlers.

Mat Sadler pulled one back for Walsall early in the second half but Carlisle held on for their first home win since 10 December.

The hosts went ahead in the 21st minute. Walsall failed to clear a free-kick from the left and the ball broke in the six-yard box to debutant full-back Anderton and he had time to set himself before driving home.

Walsall should have been level five minutes later when Adam Collin spilled a cross from the right but Elijah Adebayo steered the rebound wide of the near post.

Two minutes before half-time Carlisle doubled their lead. Ryan Loft headed against the crossbar from Elliot Watt's corner and the ball bounced off Roberts and across the line.

The Saddlers were back in it in the 50th minute when Rory Holden's corner was headed in by Sadler at the near post.

Walsall finished the game on top but were unable to find a way past the Carlisle defence.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 6Hayden
  • 17WebsterBooked at 36mins
  • 34Wilmer-Anderton
  • 8JonesBooked at 34mins
  • 12Watt
  • 10ScougallBooked at 75minsSubstituted forIredaleat 81'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 25LoftSubstituted forBridgeat 78'minutes
  • 9AlessandraSubstituted forChartersat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Iredale
  • 15Charters
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Gray
  • 24Olomola
  • 28Sagaf
  • 33Hunt

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J ClarkeSubstituted forNormanat 62'minutes
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Pring
  • 10Gordon
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forNolanat 71'minutes
  • 34Sheron
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forGuthrieat 57'minutes
  • 25McDonald
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 7Sinclair
  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Guthrie
  • 29Nolan
Referee:
James Oldham
Attendance:
4,097

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home25
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Walsall 1.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Sheron (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Carlisle United).

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Sheron (Walsall).

Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Taylor Charters replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Hayden.

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Carlisle United).

Offside, Carlisle United. Aaron Hayden tries a through ball, but Jack Iredale is caught offside.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Gethin Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Aaron Hayden (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Jack Bridge (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Iredale replaces Stefan Scougall because of an injury.

Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Bridge replaces Ryan Loft.

Booking

Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Hayden.

Attempt blocked. Jack Nolan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo.

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Norman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jack Nolan replaces Rory Holden.

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

Foul by Nick Anderton (Carlisle United).

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

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

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon29175752312156
2Exeter28159438271154
3Plymouth27155745281750
4Crewe28147751351649
5Colchester291113538251346
6Northampton28137841311046
7Bradford29121073527846
8Cheltenham271111541221944
9Forest Green2912893427744
10Port Vale29101183536-141
11Newport269982624236
12Salford2999113640-436
13Walsall29106132939-1036
14Crawley29811103941-235
15Scunthorpe2989123942-333
16Cambridge2988133138-732
17Leyton Orient29710123646-1031
18Mansfield2979134045-530
19Grimsby2779112733-630
20Oldham29612112843-1530
21Carlisle2878132645-1929
22Macclesfield2871382831-328
23Morecambe2958162551-2623
24Stevenage29313132033-1322
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