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Walsall 1-1 Coventry City

Coventry City moved out of the League One relegation places, despite sharing the spoils with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

City went closest in a hectic opening period, Ruben Lameiras curling inches wide from the edge of the box.

The Sky Blues took a deserved lead after 37 minutes as Andy Rose reacted quicker than the Walsall defence to turn home Marvin Sordell's low cross from 10 yards.

Walsall almost levelled before the break as Lee Burge spilled Adam Chambers' 30-yard shot, only for the City keeper to then recover and stop it crossing the line.

Coventry could have sealed the points early in the second half but Daniel Agyei's fierce near-post strike was kept out by Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

And Walsall made City pay by levelling in the 76th minute with a delightful goal from Erhun Oztumer, who exchanged passes with Simeon Jackson before sliding his shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Burge tipped over a Kieron Morris rocket two minutes later before both sides could have won it at the death.

Sordell lashed over from 15 yards for City before Oztumer teed up Liam Kinsella in stoppage time, only for the Saddlers substitute to drill wide.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4O'Connor
  • 32Toner
  • 3LairdBooked at 40mins
  • 2EdwardsBooked at 1mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 44MoussaSubstituted forGinnellyat 78'minutes
  • 10OztumerBooked at 67mins
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forKinsellaat 88'minutes
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forJacksonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Osbourne
  • 15Kinsella
  • 16Preston
  • 18Ginnelly

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 22Sterry
  • 2Willis
  • 4TurnbullBooked at 72mins
  • 15PageBooked at 85mins
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 44mins
  • 6RoseSubstituted forJonesat 70'minutes
  • 31Stevenson
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forReidat 82'minutes
  • 9AgyeiSubstituted forWrightat 70'minutes
  • 17Sordell

Substitutes

  • 10Jones
  • 11Reid
  • 18Ricketts
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Wright
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 35Maycock
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,719

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Coventry City 1.

Attempt missed. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jamie Sterry (Coventry City).

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Liam Kinsella replaces Kieron Morris because of an injury.

Booking

Lewis Page (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Page (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Kyel Reid replaces Ruben Lameiras.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Andre Wright (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lee Burge.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Josh Ginnelly replaces Franck Moussa.

Hand ball by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Coventry City 1. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Booking

Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City).

Franck Moussa (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jodi Jones replaces Andy Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Andre Wright replaces Daniel Agyei.

Booking

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

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

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Andreas Makris.

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Attempt saved. Daniel Agyei (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

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3Bradford167812214829
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5Northampton166642723424
6Rochdale167361918124
7Peterborough166552619723
8Bristol Rovers156542422223
9Wimbledon166552321223
10Fleetwood156452219322
11Port Vale166462024-422
12Walsall155642021-121
13Millwall156362527-221
14Charlton154831814420
15Bury166282425-120
16Southend165561825-720
17Oxford Utd165471820-219
18Gillingham164572229-717
19Coventry153751317-416
20MK Dons164482025-516
21Swindon164481623-716
22Oldham16367918-915
23Chesterfield153391622-612
24Shrewsbury162591629-1311
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