Walsall boss Dean Smith rated his side's 3-1 win over Bournemouth as one of the best results of his career.

Smith's 10-man team halted the Cherries' 15-game unbeaten league run and completed the double over the south coast club after a 2-1 victory at Dean Court back in September.

"Bearing in mind how well Bournemouth are doing and the players they have and their spending power, it was a great win for us," said Smith. "They are a good team with good players and will win a lot of games, but I thought we were excellent."

Smith, whose team ran up their fourth successive win and closed in on the League One play-off zone, said the victory rewarded the army of volunteers and club employees - including chairman Jeff Bonser - who cleared snow off the pitch to help get the game on.

He added: "Three points was no more than we deserved, but first of all I would like to give credit to all the people who helped get this game on. It was a fantastic effort."

A 27th-minute strike by Sam Mantom and a Will Grigg penalty on the stroke of half-time gave Walsall a 2-0 advantage.

Brett Pitman pulled a goal back with a header four minutes into the second half and Wes Thomas hit the crossbar for the Cherries before Saddlers striker Febian Brandy was sent off for a second bookable offence after 72 minutes to give Bournemouth a great chance of saving the game.

But a bizarre incident in the 79th minute, when Eunan O'Kane picked the ball up in the area mistakenly thinking Walsall had been awarded a free-kick, handed the home side a second penalty which Grigg duly dispatched for his 10th goal of the season.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said the team's tough midweek FA Cup tie defeat by Wigan was no excuse for a disappointing performance from his men, and nor did he blame the conditions.

He said: "We never really showed our true colours, but it was a strange game and we had enough chances to score three or four goals. It's something we have got to get over quickly and hopefully this was a one-off. If we had defended well we would have won the game. The pitch was heavy but no problem. They made a great effort to get the game on."