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Young Reporter: Walsall 2-0 Fleetwood

11 March 2019

Walsall moved up four places to 16th as goals from Morgan Ferrier and Dan Scarr helped the Saddlers claim all three points at the Bescot Stadium.

Walsall started brightly in the opening stages with Zeli Ismail’s low driven shot being blocked by a Fleetwood defender. The skilful Albanian born winger continued to be a handful in the first half with his low curling shot again being blocked by the Fleetwood defence.

Joey Barton continued to fervently encourage his side as the Cod Army looked to try and get back into the game. Wes Burns seemed to have found a way but his curling free kick was tipped past the post by Liam Roberts.

The game then turned feisty in the 32nd minute after Zeli Ismail and Jason Holt confronted each other near the Main Stand , forcing official Eddie Ilderton to step in and resolve the issue.

The Saddlers started the second half dominating possession and took the lead in the 53rd minute after George Dobson’s low swinging corner found Ferrier who headed the ball into the net.

Walsall continued to create and extended their lead 14 minutes later after Liam Kinsella’s driving cross found Luke Leahy who headed the ball to Scarr to fire home from close range.

The Cod Army went close to scoring after the second goal with Ched Evans’ header glimpsing past the post and Ryan Rydel’s shot glazing over the bar but Dean Keates’ side held on for their second consecutive win at home in League One, prompting passionate cheers from the home support.

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