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Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Walsall

Shrewsbury picked up a point in their battle to avoid relegation from League One after fighting back to draw with Walsall.

Kieron Morris gave the Saddlers a half-time lead before Stefan Payne headed Shrewsbury level 20 minutes from time.

Shrewsbury, who are two points clear of the relegation places, started brightly and Payne fired wide in the opening seconds before then setting up a chance for Shaun Whalley, but the winger's shot was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.

Amadou Bakayoko twice went close for mid-table Walsall before the visitors took the lead in the 35th minute. Joe Edwards delivered a fine cross from the left and midfielder Morris burst into the box to head home from close range.

Walsall almost doubled their advantage two minutes later but Shrewsbury goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler made an excellent double save, blocking an effort from Bakayoko and then reacting impressively to tip a drive from Morris over the bar.

Leutwiler made another important save early in the second half from an Edwards free-kick and Morris then drove narrowly wide.

But Shrewsbury rallied and equalised in the 70th minute when Whalley's cross from the right was headed in by on-loan Barnsley striker Payne, his second goal in as many games for Paul Hurst's side.

Match report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 14Grimmer
  • 3Sadler
  • 22Nsiala
  • 12Brown
  • 7Whalley
  • 18DeeganBooked at 55mins
  • 16Morris
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forLadapoat 61'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forHumphrysat 45'minutes
  • 45PayneSubstituted forYatesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 9Humphrys
  • 17Yates
  • 19Ladapo
  • 20Leitch-Smith
  • 21Halstead
  • 24El-Abd

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16Preston
  • 32O'Connell
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCuvelierat 67'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forCandlinat 88'minutes
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forJacksonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
6,801

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 1.

Foul by Stephen Humphrys (Shrewsbury Town).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ryan Yates replaces Stefan Payne.

Attempt saved. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Junior Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

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

Attempt saved. Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town).

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Florent Cuvelier.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 1. Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Whalley.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gary Deegan.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Kieron Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Andreas Makris because of an injury.

Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Makris (Walsall).

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Freddie Ladapo replaces Alex Rodman.

Attempt saved. Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Booking

Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town).

Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Preston (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

goal

As It Stood

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1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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