Match ends, Walsall 2, Leyton Orient 1.
Walsall came from behind to extend their unbeaten League Two start with victory over Leyton Orient.
Danny Johnson’s seventh goal in eight games put Orient ahead but Rory Holden and Elijah Adebayo replied for Walsall, either side of a Lawrence Vigouroux penalty save that kept the O’s in it.
Orient took the lead in the 15th minute as Liam Kinsella’s under-hit back-pass sold Walsall keeper Liam Roberts short and the lurking Johnson slotted into an empty net.
But Walsall levelled 10 minutes later, Holden exchanging passes with Caolan Lavery, whose reverse ball sent the ex-Bristol City man clear to steer coolly past Vigouroux.
Vigouroux then saved Lavery’s penalty after Joe Widdowson clipped Holden and the keeper also brilliantly tipped over a Dan Scarr header.
Johnson fired into the side netting for the visitors after the interval but Walsall won it in the 61st minute as Adebayo curled home from 10 yards.
Roberts produced a fine one-on-one save to deny Conor Wilkinson an equaliser while Holden hit a post from 15 yards as Walsall almost added a third.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5J Clarke
- 22HoldenBooked at 89mins
- 16GuthrieBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSinclairat 80′minutes
- 8KinsellaBooked at 79mins
- 15McDonaldBooked at 90minsSubstituted forJulesat 90+4′minutes
- 9LaverySubstituted forOsadebeat 86′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 22VigourouxBooked at 90mins
- 3WiddowsonBooked at 90mins
- 44WrightSubstituted forTurleyat 78′minutes
- 4CisséSubstituted forClayat 78′minutes
- 11DaytonSubstituted forMaguire-Drewat 69′minutes
- Christopher Pollard
Lawrence Vigouroux (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.
Joe Widdowson (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.
Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Leyton Orient 1.
Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Turley (Leyton Orient).
Substitution, Walsall. Zak Jules replaces Wesley McDonald.
Wesley McDonald (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).
Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Dan Scarr.
Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).
Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Rory Holden (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Rory Holden (Walsall).
Craig Clay (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Liam Roberts (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient).
Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by George Nurse.