AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Walsall - 25-Nov-2017 : Match Report

25 November 2017
Oztumer and Bakayoko help Walsall to victory over AFC Wimbledon

Erhun Oztumer and Amadou Bakayoko notched as Walsall secured back-to-back league victories for the first time this season by beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Oztumer opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season on 15 minutes, firing into the top corner from 25 yards after Dons goalkeeper George Long's miscued clearance fell to him.

The Saddlers doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark when Bakayoko slid to divert Zeli Ismail's low cross off the far post.

Wimbledon, who started the game as League One's joint-lowest scorers at home, pulled a goal back before the break when leading scorer Lyle Taylor fired home after unselfish play by Cody McDonald.

McDonald almost levelled in the 44th minute but could only head at Saddlers goalkeeper Liam Roberts from Deji Oshilaja's looped cross.

The hosts dominated the second half but were unable to find an equaliser.

Walsall left-back Luke Leahy almost knocked Andy Barcham's cross into his own net before Taylor's curling effort from the edge of the box flew inches over the bar.