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Walsall 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Walsall old boy Will Grigg denied his former club victory with MK Dons' equaliser at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall took an eighth-minute lead when Jordy Hiwula combined with Andy Taylor down the left for Tom Bradshaw to head his 16th goal of the season.

But the visitors levelled on 32 minutes when the on-rushing Grigg latched on to Dean Bowditch's low cross to tap home.

Walsall skipper Adam Chambers almost earned three points but was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line.

A week ahead of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Bristol City, Walsall had fit-again midfielder Sam Mantom making his first start of the season.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC Sport:

"Both teams tried to play the right way in tough conditions. We started well and took the lead with a really good goal from Tom Bradshaw.

"They are a good side and, as the first half went on, they got stronger. But, for much of the second period, I felt we were the better team. We created some decent chances and had one cleared off the line.

"There were plenty of positives to come out of the game. We were a little unfortunate not to win and now we look to take these into Tuesday night's clash with another top five team,Sheffield United."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Robinson on Walsall v MK Dons

"When you see that penalty for yourself you can see it's a really poor decision. To be fair to the referee, he said "If I got it wrong, I'm sorry.".

"But how many times have we heard that in the last month? There were elements of that game that I was really happy with. There were 10 minutes in the first half and second half where we were shaky and nervy but for the rest of the game we were really good.

"The players deserve a lot of credit because it's hard. It's really hard. We accept the criticism because we've done so well. We have lacked confidence recently, and to perform like that was a tick in the box towards the right direction."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 7ChambersBooked at 65mins
  • 21CookSubstituted forMurphyat 88'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 30Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forFordeat 73'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Chambers
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 27Forde
  • 29Murphy

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 73mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 13Baker
  • 8PotterBooked at 26mins
  • 22Carruthers
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forPowellat 69'minutes
  • 11GriggSubstituted forColeat 89'minutes
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBakerat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 17Powell
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 28Cole
  • 29Burns
  • 34Baker
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,887

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, MK Dons 1.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Devante Cole replaces William Grigg.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Murphy replaces Jordan Cook.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

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

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lewis Baker replaces Ben Reeves.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Dean Bowditch.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Antony Kay.

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Reeves.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City37248570323880
2Preston35209660312969
3Swindon36207963382567
4MK Dons36189969383163
5Sheff Utd35159114942754
6Barnsley36165155049153
7Peterborough36165154544153
8Fleetwood36149133739-251
9Bradford351311114440450
10Doncaster361311124445-150
11Chesterfield35139135148348
12Port Vale36146164549-448
13Rochdale341451558451347
14Gillingham361211135051-147
15Oldham351210134453-946
16Walsall361112133540-545
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Notts County35119153544-942
19Crewe36126183564-2942
20Coventry36913144051-1140
21Leyton Orient35108174752-538
22Crawley36910173962-2337
23Colchester3697204261-1934
24Yeovil3789202856-2833
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