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.

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Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

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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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham26128645341144
6Peterborough26133104032842
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons2510694136536
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2783163339-627
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Sheff Utd2668122635-926
20Shrewsbury2768132635-926
21Tranmere2667132948-1925
22Bristol City2541293639-324
23Crewe2666142553-2824
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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