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Walsall 1-1 Bristol City

Romaine Sawyers
Sawyers scored his second goal in 11 games for Walsall this season

Walsall grabbed a well-earned draw against League One leaders Bristol City thanks to Romaine Sawyers' late strike.

Joe Bryan put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes with a right-footed shot into the corner from Luke Ayling's cross.

Aaron Wilbraham could have doubled City's lead but he fired straight at goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

The Saddlers created few chances after the loss of top scorer Tom Bradshaw but Sawyers curled a superb shot into the top corner five minutes from time.

Sawyers off on international duty in Caribbean
Walsall striker Romaine Sawyers headed off after the game to link up with the St Kitts & Nevis squad for this week's three Caribbean Cup games in Port-au-Prince against Barbados (8 October), French Guiana (10 October) and Haiti (12 October). He misses Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Rochdale and next Saturday's League One trip to Oldham Athletic.

Bradshaw limped off on 35 minutes with a hamstring injury that will scupper his chances of an international call, having been on standby for the full Wales squad.

Bristol City extend their unbeaten start to the season, although their lead at the top has been cut to four points, while Walsall move up one place into 16th.

Walsall striker Romaine Sawyers told BBC WM:

"Hopefully I can keep this form whilst I am away and then be able to maintain my high standards when I return from international duty.

"It was nice to see the ball hit the back of the net. It was a really good team goal with some neat play in the build-up.

"It was a great performance against another of the top teams. We always seem to perform against the better sides. Maybe it's because they come here trying to impose themselves on the game.

"We kept believing. At half-time, the gaffer told us to keep doing the right things and we got our reward. In fact, we were a little disappointed that we didn't come away with all three points."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Walsall v Bristol City

"I think they're a good team. There were a couple of teams that I knew we would play against that don't get a lot of profile. But one thing is for sure, their manager and players work extremely hard.

"One was obviously Walsall today and the other was Rochdale, So I think we'll look back at this period of the season and think that these were two very good points.

"Second half we had to show a different side. I thought we were organised and the spirit was fantastic. They covered yards and yards, for each other.

"The one thing we didn't do was, we were not quite ruthless enough with our attempts on goal and we didn't stop one shot we didn't block one shot."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6DowningBooked at 40mins
  • 44Butler
  • 3Taylor
  • 27Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forB Cliffordat 60'minutes
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forMansetat 81'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 35'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 15Chambers
  • 21Cook
  • 24Grimes
  • 26B Clifford
  • 37Manset

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 7Smith
  • 2Little
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWagstaffat 83'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 8Elliott
  • 19AgardBooked at 21mins
  • 18Wilbraham

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
5,574

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Bristol City 1.

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Billy Clifford (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Bristol City 1. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Luke Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces James Baxendale.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Billy Clifford replaces Reece Flanagan.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

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

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Mark Little (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1174022101225
2Swindon1063122111121
3Peterborough116231611520
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield105321914518
7Bradford115331511418
8Notts County11452127517
9Rochdale115151912716
10Fleetwood11443108216
11Sheff Utd105141516-116
12Oldham113621413115
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley11425814-614
15Coventry113441214-213
16Walsall112631011-112
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Gillingham113351215-312
19Yeovil113351016-612
20Leyton Orient102441113-210
21Colchester112361417-39
22Port Vale112361118-79
23Scunthorpe112181125-147
24Crewe11119829-214
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