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Walsall 1-1 Brentford

Clayton Donaldson

Brentford slipped off the top of League One as their eight-match winning streak ended at Walsall.

The Bees took the lead just before the half hour when Jake Bidwell crossed for Clayton Donaldson, who glanced a header into the bottom corner.

The Saddlers drew level just before the break when Milan Lalkovic headed across goal and Craig Westcarr nodded in.

Romaine Sawyers went close to winning it for the home side but David Button tipped his shot over the bar.

Brentford started the day looking to match a club record of nine consecutive league wins, which was set in 1932.

Donaldson's 49th league goal for the Bees looked to have set them on their way but Westcarr's header extended Walsall's unbeaten run to five games.

On-loan Brentford striker Marcello Trotta sent a half-volley over the bar in the second half as the visitors searched for a breakthrough.

Both sides came close to winning the match late on, with Westcarr firing over from close range and Brentford substitute Stuart Dallas dragging a left-footed shot inches past the post.

The Bees stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches but drop to second place after Leyton Orient won at Crewe.

Walsall slip out of the play-off places on goal difference, with Peterborough replacing them after they beat Tranmere.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

Mark Warburton

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Post-match: Bees manager Warburton

"It was a tough game today and Walsall worked hard and moved the ball well - 1-1 was a fair draw.

"It's a squad game. The players who came in did well and the squad has shown its quality over the last few days.

"We have Gillingham in our sights and that's our only focus now."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forPurkissat 82'minutes
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBenningat 66'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 29Brandy
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forBaxendaleat 87'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forLoganat 68'minutes
  • 2O'Connor
  • 5CraigBooked at 90mins
  • 9Donaldson
  • 8Douglas
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forDallasat 88'minutes
  • 17SavilleBooked at 78mins
  • 11GriggSubstituted forAkpomat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 14Logan
  • 15Dallas
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Reeves
  • 23Akpom
  • 32Adams
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
5,295

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

Booking

Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Shaleum Logan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Marcello Trotta.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers because of an injury.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Brentford).

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

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

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Shaleum Logan replaces Alan Judge.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Chuba Akpom replaces William Grigg.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces Andy Taylor because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient2617633257
2Brentford2617542156
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston261394948
5Rotherham2612861144
6Peterborough2613310842
7Walsall271197642
8Port Vale2612311-239
9Swindon2611411637
10MK Dons251069536
11Coventry2612861034
12Colchester268108134
13Bradford267127633
14Gillingham279513-1032
15Crawley24798-530
16Notts County278316-627
17Oldham267613-727
18Carlisle267613-1927
19Sheff Utd266812-926
20Shrewsbury276813-926
21Tranmere266713-1925
22Bristol City254129-324
23Crewe266614-2824
24Stevenage266416-2022
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