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Walsall 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

An injury-time own goal denied Crewe a crucial victory in their battle against relegation but the point did little to enhance Walsall's play-off hopes.

Crewe took the lead when Matt Tootle crossed low into the goalmouth and Chucks Aneke coolly slotted home.

The Saddlers were handed an equaliser in injury-time when Mark Ellis turned the ball past his own goalkeeper.

The home side almost grabbed a winner when a Milan Lalkovic pile-driver was turned onto the bar by Ben Garratt.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Post-match: Walsall manager Smith

"We deserved at least a point, we kept good possession of the ball but we never penetrated anywhere near the level we need to.

"If we want to get where we want to be, we need to win football games and to do that we need to score goals, and we're not doing that enough at the moment.

"We're one point closer [to the play-offs] now because the teams above us got beat. We know if we want to be there, we need to start winning games quickly."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

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Post-match: Crewe manager Davis

"We should have won the game. It was a night where the lads have given everything.

"The back four and keeper were terrific tonight and they deserved a clean sheet.

"We want the season to be better and we've done everything we can tonight to try and get those three points."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 15Chambers
  • 4Butler
  • 29Brandy
  • 6FeatherstoneSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 79'minutes
  • 24HewittSubstituted forLalkovicat 45'minutes
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forNgooat 68'minutes
  • 10Westcarr

Substitutes

  • 9Lalkovic
  • 12Downing
  • 14Benning
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 2TootleBooked at 85mins
  • 16Guthrie
  • 42GrantBooked at 24mins
  • 4Davis
  • 5Ellis
  • 31ParkSubstituted forMooreat 79'minutes
  • 22Evans
  • 9PogbaSubstituted forOliverat 79'minutes
  • 26Aneke
  • 14InmanBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMellorat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 3Mellor
  • 6Dugdale
  • 11Moore
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Oliver
  • 30Ikpeazu
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
3,777

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Goal!

Own Goal by Mark Ellis, Crewe Alexandra. Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Kelvin Mellor replaces Bradden Inman.

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

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

Attempt blocked. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Cameron Park.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Mathias Pogba.

Attempt blocked. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cameron Park.

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Michael Ngoo (Walsall) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Park (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34237464214376
2Leyton Orient36228670333774
3Brentford34227558312773
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham351811666432365
6Peterborough35174145648855
7MK Dons36157145348552
8Walsall361212124039148
9Swindon36138155351247
10Port Vale35144174655-946
11Bradford351014114743444
12Sheff Utd33128133638-244
13Gillingham36135184859-1144
14Coventry35149126463141
15Bristol City36914135459-541
16Crawley3191393539-440
17Colchester34912133944-539
18Oldham36108184053-1338
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Stevenage35106193755-1836
21Tranmere3599174162-2136
22Crewe3699184168-2736
23Shrewsbury35712163447-1333
24Notts County3694234364-2131
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