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Walsall 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

Tom Bradshaw
Tom Bradshaw opened the scoring with his fifth league goal of the season

Walsall remained second behind Burton in League One despite being held at home by struggling Crewe Alexandra.

Tom Bradshaw opened the scoring with a bullet header from an Anthony Forde cross as Walsall made a fast start.

But defender Ben Nugent equalised for Crewe on 18 minutes with a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Forde missed the best chance to take all three points when he scuffed an effort wide from close range, before full-back Jason Demetriou hit the bar.

Walsall are now three points off top spot ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Scunthorpe, while Crewe, who host Southend, remain second from bottom.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Smith on Walsall v Crewe

"To follow the performance on Wednesday night against Chelsea with the sort of quality we showed is really pleasing, because it could have been a case of 'After the Lord Mayor's Show'.

"I've got a lot of respect for Crewe with their philosophy and the way they play. But to outperform them like we did was excellent. It was one-way traffic.

"We could have been out of sight at a canter at one stage. It felt like there was a force-field around their goal at times. But you're always open to a counter attack."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I was disappointed with how we started but we were much better second half when we started to play. We showed our intent taking a midfielder off and putting a forward on. We thought we could nick it.

"When a team is flying like Walsall are it's very difficult to get anything and we went toe-to-toe with them, had a real go and we got our rewards.

"Conceding the manner of goal we did was disappointing but we battled back with a great strike from arguably our best player, Ben Nugent. He was terrific at the back, immense with clearance, blocks and headers."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 12FordeSubstituted forCookat 75'minutes
  • 10SawyersBooked at 87mins
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 75'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 4DavisSubstituted forRayat 44'minutes
  • 6NugentBooked at 74mins
  • 8AtkinsonSubstituted forHaberat 79'minutes
  • 16King
  • 10Inman
  • 12Dalla ValleSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes
  • 15FoxBooked at 69mins
  • 27Colclough
  • 17Kingsley

Substitutes

  • 3Guthrie
  • 5Ray
  • 9Haber
  • 11Cooper
  • 21Wintle
  • 24Wilson
  • 25Ainley
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,229

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Fox.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Harry Wilson (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

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

Booking

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Harry Wilson (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Fox.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Marcus Haber replaces Chris Atkinson.

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Wilson replaces Lauri Dalla Valle.

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Booking

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by David Fox (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Lauri Dalla Valle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Fox.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton9702127521
2Walsall9531156918
3Gillingham9522148617
4Coventry95131610616
5Bury94411713416
6Sheff Utd95131714316
7Rochdale9423128414
8Barnsley94231312114
9Wigan94231211114
10Colchester93421517-213
11Millwall94141214-213
12Port Vale93331110112
13Southend933399012
14Peterborough93241413111
15Chesterfield93241313011
16Shrewsbury932499011
17Swindon93241415-111
18Bradford9243913-410
19Fleetwood9234131309
20Oldham9162812-49
21Scunthorpe9225812-48
22Doncaster9144511-67
23Crewe9135916-76
24Blackpool9126617-115
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