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Walsall 1-1 Oxford United

Record signing Andreas Makris scored his first Walsall goal but the Saddlers were pegged back by Oxford in an entertaining draw.

Cyprus international Makris had not scored in 30 games since a summer move from Famagusta but lashed home from 20 yards, only for Chris Maguire's deflected strike to earn United a draw.

Walsall twice thought they had taken the lead inside the opening seven minutes but Scott Laird's tap-in was ruled offside and Kieron Morris rattled the post from 18 yards.

Morris also saw a 20-yard strike superbly saved by U's keeper Simon Eastwood later in the half.

Walsall took the lead after 47 minutes as Makris unleashed an opportunistic half-volley from 20 yards that dipped in off the bar.

Oxford almost levelled two minutes later as Walsall defender James O'Connor sliced Maguire's cross onto the post and Conor McAleny's follow-up was hooked off the line by Matt Preston.

United did level when Maguire's 25-yard strike took a wicked deflection in off O'Connor on 74 minutes and they almost won it as McAleny's 30-yarder was well saved by Neil Etheridge.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 16Preston
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Laird
  • 5McCarthyBooked at 35mins
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCuvelierat 76'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 44MoussaSubstituted forDobsonat 69'minutes
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forJacksonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 32O'Connell
  • 35Hayles-Docherty
  • 36Candlin

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 35CarrollBooked at 38mins
  • 25Raglan
  • 5Nelson
  • 3Skarz
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forMartínezat 45'minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23LedsonSubstituted forRuffelsat 84'minutes
  • 28JohnsonSubstituted forHemmingsat 65'minutes
  • 10Maguire
  • 11McAleny

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 7Martínez
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15Hemmings
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 34Stevens
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
5,417

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Oxford United 1.

Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

Attempt blocked. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Florent Cuvelier.

Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels replaces Ryan Ledson.

Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Joe Skarz (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Kieron Morris.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Oxford United 1. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kane Hemmings.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Canice Carroll (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Franck Moussa.

Attempt missed. Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Kane Hemmings replaces Marvin Johnson.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Andreas Makris.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Canice Carroll (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Conor McAleny (Oxford United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Oxford United 0. Andreas Makris (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Oxford United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Antonio Martínez replaces Joe Rothwell.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 0, Oxford United 0.

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Attempt blocked. Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Oxford United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4220121058401872
4Bradford421818657391872
5Scunthorpe4220101271512070
6Millwall421813115950967
7Southend4218121264501466
8Bristol Rovers421712136159263
9Rochdale421710156660661
10Oxford Utd42179165851760
11Peterborough421610165755258
12MK Dons421413155452255
13Wimbledon421315145252054
14Walsall411315134851-354
15Northampton42149195966-751
16Charlton421117145151050
17Oldham421115162942-1348
18Bury421210205871-1346
19Shrewsbury421210204359-1646
20Gillingham421113185472-1846
21Port Vale411112184463-1945
22Swindon421110214360-1743
23Chesterfield42910233966-2737
24Coventry42811233462-2835
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