League Two
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Walsall 0-1 Southend United

Southend United celebrate
Southend had lost nine of their first 11 League Two games before victory at Walsall

League Two bottom club Southend claimed their first win since March as Emile Acquah's late goal earned them a deserved victory at Walsall.

The 20-year-old substitute turned in the box before firing into the bottom corner two minutes from time, shortly after Elijah Adebayo had hit the bar with a penalty for Walsall.

Southend could have led inside two minutes when Brandon Goodship raced on to goalkeeper Mark Oxley's up and under, but Walsall stopper Liam Roberts denied him one-on-one.

Roberts then made a double save to deny Timothee Dieng and superbly tipped a header wide from the midfielder before the break.

Walsall's only real chance of the half saw Oxley push Alfie Bates' 20-yarder wide, but they improved after the break and the Southend keeper did superbly to thwart Dan Scarr's close-range header.

When Tom Clifford brought down Cameron Norman, Southend looked set for a seventh straight league defeat, but Adebayo blazed his 81st-minute penalty onto the bar.

Acquah took full advantage with an accurate finish five minutes later to end Southend's long wait for a first win of the season.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 6Scarr
  • 3Jules
  • 14Cockerill-MollettSubstituted forSadlerat 69'minutes
  • 22Holden
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forOsadebeat 74'minutes
  • 12BatesBooked at 90mins
  • 15McDonald
  • 9LaverySubstituted forScrimshawat 64'minutes
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 4Sadler
  • 7Sinclair
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 23Osadebe
  • 24White
  • 28Scrimshaw

Southend

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Oxley
  • 5Hobson
  • 48WhiteSubstituted forAcquahat 65'minutes
  • 26LennonBooked at 43mins
  • 12Clifford
  • 11EgbriSubstituted forSterlingat 89'minutes
  • 24Demetriou
  • 8Dieng
  • 20Nathaniel-George
  • 7Olayinka
  • 10Goodship

Substitutes

  • 13Seaden
  • 16Phillips
  • 17Sterling
  • 18Acquah
  • 21Rush
Referee:
Craig Hicks

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Alfie Bates (Walsall) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Kazaiah Sterling (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

  7. Post update

    Ashley Nathaniel-George (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Kazaiah Sterling replaces Terrell Egbri.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 0, Southend United 1. Emile Acquah (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Nathaniel-George.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Norman with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Olayinka (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Terrell Egbri.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rory Holden.

  14. Post update

    Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Emile Acquah (Southend United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Booking

    Alfie Bates (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Terrell Egbri (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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