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Gillingham 2-2 Walsall

Cody McDonald's injury-time equaliser gave Gillingham a share of the points against Walsall.

McDonald opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the second half with an excellent overhead kick.

Romaine Sawyers levelled the score, capitalising after his initial strike was blocked by defender Leon Legge.

Walsall substitute Julian Gray looked to have won it with a 90th-minute volley but McDonald rescued the Gills with a precise finish from close range.

McDonald almost completed his hat-trick even deeper into injury time, but Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell saved well with his feet.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Walsall midfielder Sam Mantom told BBC WM:

"That save from Richard O'Donnell at the end was top notch, to keep us a point, but really it's two points lost rather than a point gained.

"We bounced back well from the Bristol City defeat on Boxing Day,

"We knew that performance wasn't good enough. We weren't at it. We were a lot better here and it's heartbreaking not to come back with all three points.

"But to be four points off the play-offs, at this time of year, we'd have taken that at the start of the season,"

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 23Harriman
  • 3Martin
  • 12Gregory
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forLeeat 81'minutes
  • 31HessenthalerSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
  • 9Kedwell
  • 10McDonald
  • 27FaganSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Davies
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 15Dack
  • 16German
  • 18Lee
  • 21Howard
  • 28Daniels

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 88'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25Sawyers
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forGrayat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 15Chambers
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
5,394

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Walsall 2.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Walsall 2. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from very close range is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Walsall 2. Julian Gray (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces James Baxendale.

Attempt saved. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Ashley Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Chris Whelpdale.

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Callum Davies replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Craig Fagan.

Attempt missed. Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Craig Fagan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Attempt blocked. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Walsall 1. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Whelpdale.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Hand ball by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leyton Orient23146348232548
3Wolves23146338172148
4Preston23128332221044
5Peterborough2312383527839
6Rotherham2310853729838
7Port Vale2311393434036
8Swindon2310494031934
9Walsall239772521434
10Bradford2371063526931
11MK Dons229493632431
12Coventry2311664941829
13Crawley237882530-529
14Colchester236982832-427
15Carlisle2376102537-1227
16Gillingham2475123242-1026
17Sheff Utd2367102229-725
18Oldham2266102530-524
19Shrewsbury2358102226-423
20Tranmere2365122743-1623
21Bristol City2341093336-322
22Crewe2356122046-2621
23Stevenage2354142242-2019
24Notts County2453162738-1118
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