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Short corner taken by Daniel Nardiello.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Richards from the right by-line, John O'Flynn manages to make a clearance.
Richard Taundry decides to take the corner short, Julian Gray takes a shot. Fantastic save by Ben Hamer.
Short corner taken by Daniel Nardiello from the left by-line.
Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Darryl Westlake gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Richards, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
Julian Gray fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Exeter 2-1 Walsall.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Dunne on Matthew Richards. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Richards.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jamie Paterson clears the crossbar.
Aaron Lescott is shown a yellow card. Aaron Lescott gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on John O'Flynn. Placed penalty taken by Daniel Nardiello saved by Jimmy Walker. Exeter 2-0 Walsall.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by William Grigg goes wide of the left-hand post.
Daniel Nardiello fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 2-0 Walsall.Richard Taundry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dunne. The assist for the goal came from David Noble.
Richard Taundry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Jamie Paterson.
Mathew Gill leaves the field to be replaced by Jamie Paterson.
Header on goal by William Grigg from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
William Grigg comes on in place of Alex Nicholls.
Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Nardiello.
Mathew Gill takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a comfortable save.
Daniel Nardiello comes on in place of Richard Logan. John O'Flynn replaces Billy Jones.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Julian Gray from the right by-line, Jonathan Macken gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Hamer. Ben Hamer restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Taundry takes a shot. Save by Ben Hamer.
James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Taundry. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Richards from left channel, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
Mathew Gill produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Header from deep inside the area by Jonathan Macken goes over the bar.
Richard Logan fouled by Emmanuele Smith, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Billy Jones, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Richard Taundry from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Richard Duffy by Andy Butler results in a free kick. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.
Liam Sercombe receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Julian Gray by Liam Sercombe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Richards.
Corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, clearance made by Matthew Taylor.
Jamie Cureton has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Jamie Cureton produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathew Gill on David Noble. Richard Duffy restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Billy Jones. Indirect free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.
James Dunne challenges Richard Taundry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Richards, Richard Duffy manages to make a clearance. Julian Gray takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Alex Nicholls has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Aaron Lescott challenges Richard Logan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Jones crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.
Julian Gray takes a shot. Save made by Ben Hamer.
David Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Macken. Mathew Gill takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Logan by Mathew Gill. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Jones from left wing, Emmanuele Smith makes a clearance.
Mathew Gill challenges James Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Noble.
Jonathan Macken produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Julian Gray takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a save.
Goal scored by Richard Duffy from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 1-0 Walsall.Steve Tully provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Lescott on Liam Sercombe. David Noble shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Andy Butler.
James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathew Gill. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Richards.
The official flags Jamie Cureton offside. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Hamer set for Exeter start
Goalkeeper Ben Hamer is in line to make his debut for Exeter against Walsall after signing on loan from Reading for three months.
The 23-year-old joined from the npower Championship club this week following a series of spells at Brentford.
His arrival could signal the end of Paul Jones' long stint at St James's Park, with boss Paul Tisdale confirming the stopper has declared his desire to leave in search of first-team opportunities.
Midfielder Ryan Harley has agreed to join Swansea and will miss out against Walsall, but will remain at the club until the end of the season as part of the deal.
Richard Taundry is likely to be in contention as Walsall manager Dean Smith looks to celebrate his full-time appointment with a much-needed victory.
The midfielder failed a fitness test on his ankle injury prior to last weekend`s 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield, but he is set to be available this time around as the Saddlers look to end a five-match winless streak.
The signs of progress have been evident under Smith during his three-game stint as caretaker boss, and he was rewarded on Friday morning with the reins until the end of the season.
Smith bolstered his squad with the loan signing of Matt Gill from Norwich and with clearance from the Football League and the Football Association, is in contention to feature against his former club.
Goalkeeper Jimmy Walker overcame his hamstring complaint to make the bench against the Terriers and will continue to press current incumbent David Bevan for the number one jersey.
Winger Steve Jones has signed a season-long loan deal with Motherwell and so will not be available
On-loan full-back Ryan McGivern has this week been recalled by parent club Manchester City, although he had not started a match for the Saddlers since early November.
Grecians earn first win
Exeter picked up their first league victory of 2011 with a 2-1 win over rock-bottom Walsall.
The Grecians took just four minutes to break the deadlock when David Noble's clever pass sent Steve Tully scampering clear and he crossed to the back post where Richard Duffy controlled before firing past Jimmy Walker.
Jamie Cureton missed a great chance to put Exeter two up when he blasted wide of the far post, while Walsall's Richard Taundry side-footed a golden opportunity wide at the start of the second half.
Former Exeter captain Matt Gill forced Ben Hamer into a smart save with a point-blank header before Daniel Nardiello made it 2-0 after 77 minutes when he tucked the ball into the corner after a quickly taken free-kick by Noble.
Nardiello missed a penalty after John O'Flynn had been fouled in the box by Aaron Lescott, before Walsall pulled a goal back five minutes from time when Julian Gray scrambled the ball in at the back post.
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