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Walsall 1-1 Sheffield United

Ashley Grimes
Ashley Grimes scored only his second goal for the Saddlers since signing from Bury in July 2014

Walsall substitute Ashley Grimes scored just two minutes after coming on to earn his side a deserved point against play-off chasing Sheffield United.

Jose Baxter gave the visitors an early lead when he lashed in from 25 yards.

But Walsall dominated for most of the game and striker Grimes, in for injured top scorer Tom Bradshaw, nodded in Ben Purkiss's cross to level on 71 minutes.

Grimes hit the post a minute later then home keeper Richard O'Donnell made a great save late on to deny Ben Davies.

As well as 16-goal Bradshaw (hamstring), Walsall were also without left-back Andy Taylor ahead of Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, causing the recall of loan defender Mal Benning from York City.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"They scored early with a good finish from the lad Baxter. He's capable of that.

"But in the last 15 minutes of the first half the officials got us right up for it by making some strange decisions and getting the fans off their seats.

"We were the aggressors for the major part of the game and had enough chances to put the game to bed, but we just didn't take them.

"We hit the bar and the post and Grimesy scored a very good goal. We played very well against a very good team."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 14Benning
  • 27Forde
  • 8MantomSubstituted forCainat 89'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 21CookSubstituted forGrimesat 69'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 30Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Cain
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Chambers
  • 17Flanagan
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Grimes

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 26Freeman
  • 5Brayford
  • 19McEveley
  • 3Harris
  • 35HoltSubstituted forDaviesat 87'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 45mins
  • 22ReedSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Baxter
  • 14DoneSubstituted forFlynnat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 7Flynn
  • 12McNulty
  • 16Davies
  • 24Turner
  • 29Adams
  • 32Davies
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,950

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1.

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

Foul by Steve Davies (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Cain replaces Sam Mantom.

Booking

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Jason Holt.

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Matt Done.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Steve Davies replaces Louis Reed.

Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ashley Grimes (Walsall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Purkiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Jordan Cook.

Attempt missed. Louis Reed (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Robert Harris.

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Sheffield United).

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Jason Holt (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City38258573324183
2Preston36219662313172
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons37199972393366
5Sheff Utd361510115043755
6Barnsley37166155049154
7Peterborough37165164546-153
8Chesterfield36149135448651
9Fleetwood37149143741-451
10Rochdale351551560461450
11Bradford351311114440450
12Doncaster371311134547-250
13Port Vale37146174752-548
14Gillingham371211145054-447
15Walsall371113133641-546
16Oldham361210144556-1146
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Coventry371013144251-943
19Notts County36119163646-1042
20Crewe37126193567-3242
21Crawley371010174264-2240
22Leyton Orient36109174752-539
23Colchester37107204461-1737
24Yeovil3889212858-3033
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