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Colchester United 1-1 Walsall

Andy Taylor's magnificent free-kick in the sixth minute of injury time rescued Walsall a point against Colchester.

The visitors started brightly, James Baxendale and Craig Westcarr both going close to opening the scoring early on.

However it was the hosts who took the lead with a fine strike by Freddie Sears from the edge of the box.

Colchester seemed to be heading for victory until Taylor's late free-kick snatched a point - the Walsall full-back's first goal for the club.

Taylor's match-saving free-kick came for on-loan Chelsea defender Daniel Pappoe's challenge on Troy Hewitt, who spent the final two months of last season on loan at Colchester.

Taylor, who joined Walsall from Sheffield United in August 2012, had not scored in more than five years, since his days at his previous club Tranmere Rovers.

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"If we'd have held onto to a 1-0 everyone would have been delighted, but it probably would only have papered over a few cracks.

"To be fair, Walsall dominated the second half, the corner count was ridiculous. In the end we didn't carry any attacking threat, we just dropped too deep.

"The back four defended ever so well. Because we couldn't maintain the ball we had to drop behind it. I thought the only way they were going to score was with a set-piece. We defended open play ever so well.

"It was a wonderful free-kick, it's cruel. Unfortunately what it does is it turns everybody into a negative, aggressive mood. I'll take full responsibility for that. It feels like a defeat."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"If you keep working as hard as we did, you get something, and we certainly deserved something.

"We did everything right apart from get the ball in the onion bag but we know if keep creating chances we'll score goals.

"But I'm always stressing how important it is to keep going right to the death.

"The lads never stopped believing and Andy Taylor's come up with a great free-kick."

Walsall scorer Andy Taylor told BBC WM:

"It must be over four seasons since I last scored.

"I didn't know what to do when it went in. I just ran around."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient119202781929
2Peterborough119112381528
3Wolves108112061425
4Bradford106312181321
5Preston115421712519
6Rotherham115421615119
7Swindon115242013717
8MK Dons114431814416
9Crawley104421714316
10Walsall114431211116
11Brentford114341315-215
12Port Vale114251316-314
13Shrewsbury112631213-112
14Colchester112631014-412
15Carlisle103341019-912
16Gillingham112361319-69
17Crewe112361025-159
18Oldham102261316-38
19Stevenage11227919-108
20Coventry10523231857
21Notts County102171319-67
22Bristol City100641521-66
23Sheff Utd10127616-105
24Tranmere10127921-125
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