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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Erhun Oztumer (57', 66', 85')

Erhun Oztumer hat-trick hands Walsall victory at Southend

A second-half hat-trick from Erhun Oztumer handed Walsall a 3-0 win at Southend United.
The Shrimpers' ground staff and their fans had fought hard to get the game on at Roots Hall, clearing snow off the pitch on the morning of the match.
But it was Saddlers who were more grateful for the game going ahead as Jon Whitney's side secured their first away win since November.
The defeat was also Chris Powell's first becoming Southend boss at the end of January.
However, his side should have taken the lead at the start of the second half when on-loan Tottenham youngster Shayon Harrison volleyed over from close range.
Walsall took full advantage and opened the scoring in 57th minute when Oztumer's 20-yard shot somehow squirmed past Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley.
Oztumer then curled home a fine free-kick in the 66th minute before completing his hat-trick five minutes from time as he fired home Luke Leahy's left-wing cross home with another assured finish from 12 yards.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 32 +31 65
3 Portsmouth 32 +19 60
4 Sunderland 31 +23 59
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
12 Burton Albion 32 +2 42
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
15 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
16 Accrington Stanley 30 -11 37
17 Gillingham 32 -11 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Rochdale 32 -25 34
20 Bristol Rovers 31 -4 33
21 Oxford United 32 -10 33
22 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 32 -25 26