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Walsall 1-1 Leyton Orient

Nathan Clarke

Leyton Orient lost ground on the top two, despite Nathan Clarke's deflected shot earning them a point at Walsall.

With leaders Wolves and second-placed Brentford both winning, Russell Slade's men are now four points from an automatic promotion spot in League One.

Walsall went in front when Paul Downing fired in a loose ball from a corner.

Orient's equaliser came in fortuitous fashion when Clarke's speculative half-volley took a huge deflection to beat goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Walsall are now without a win in 10 games and are eight points from the play-offs with eight matches to play.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told to BBC WM:

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Post-match: Walsall boss Dean Smith

"Frustrated again, three times in the last three games. We started the game ever so well, played really well and played some really good football.

"We're playing against a team who are pushing for automatic promotion. I thought we were the better team today.

"It's disappointing that we haven't got the win but as I say, the league table changes.

"Once we get over that line with that next win things change straight away and the positivity off the players will be taken into that."

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Post-match: O's manager Slade

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"We can only do our best, but I was disappointed in the first half. Walsall deserved to be in front.

"In the second half we had so much more intensity and possession.

"Other than them maybe catching us out on the courter-attack, I felt we controlled the game."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 29Brandy
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forBaxendaleat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 14Benning
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

Leyton Orient

  • 30Jakupovic
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 2Omozusi
  • 8JamesBooked at 50minsSubstituted forNessat 69'minutes
  • 6BaudryBooked at 90mins
  • 15Clarke
  • 11Odubajo
  • 4VincelotBooked at 27mins
  • 10Mooney
  • 23DagnallSubstituted forLisbieat 69'minutes
  • 7Cox

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 3Sawyer
  • 9Lisbie
  • 19Lasimant
  • 21Bartley
  • 25Simpson
  • 29Ness
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
5,779

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by David Mooney (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1. Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Kevin Lisbie replaces Chris Dagnall.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Jamie Ness replaces Lloyd James.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

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

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves37248567234480
2Brentford36247562323079
3Leyton Orient38229771353675
4Rotherham371912668442469
5Preston381815552371569
6Peterborough37184155849958
7MK Dons38167155652455
8Swindon38149155451351
9Walsall381214124241150
10Port Vale37155175159-850
11Sheff Utd36139143740-348
12Crawley341113103841-346
13Bradford371015124946345
14Gillingham38136195063-1345
15Bristol City38916135661-543
16Colchester371013144247-543
17Coventry371410136768-142
18Oldham38119184254-1242
19Crewe381010184570-2540
20Tranmere37109184667-2139
21Carlisle37108193961-2238
22Shrewsbury38813173649-1337
23Stevenage37107203958-1937
24Notts County38104244968-1934
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