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Walsall 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers drew a league game for the first time in 10 months as they were held 0-0 at Walsall.

Rovers' last draw had come on 28 February - one of six successive draws at the time - and they had gone 34 league games without another one until this deadlock.

Burnley loan striker Daniel Agyei almost put Walsall ahead after 20 minutes, beating two defenders on a fine solo run into the box but his shot was clawed away by Rovers keeper Adam Smith.

That was the only chance of a poor first half but the game improved after the break.

Rovers had a golden chance after 52 minutes as Tom Nichols latched on to Liam Sercombe's flighted ball but his prod towards goal was foiled by sprawling Walsall keeper Mark Gillespie.

Walsall then got on top as Zeli Ismail fizzed a cross-shot just wide before Smith made a superb diving save to push aside Joe Edwards' 20-yard drive.

Rovers came on strong late on but when Rory Gaffney's speculative 35-yarder flashed just wide, they had to settle for a rare draw.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 6Devlin
  • 24Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 23mins
  • 19Ismail
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 11Morris
  • 10Oztumer
  • 32AgyeiSubstituted forJacksonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jackson
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 23Donnellan
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forBolaat 38'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 16Broadbent
  • 3Brown
  • 10BodinSubstituted forGaffneyat 62'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 59mins
  • 14LinesBooked at 85mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 9Harrison
  • 11NicholsSubstituted forSinclairat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
5,759

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Zeli Ismail.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Tom Nichols.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Hand ball by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Daniel Agyei.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Billy Bodin.

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan23164349123752
2Shrewsbury23146330141648
3Blackburn23145442202247
4Scunthorpe24136534201445
5Bradford2413383731642
6Peterborough2411584235738
7Portsmouth24122102927238
8Rotherham24113104133836
9Charlton2310673130136
10Oxford Utd248883635132
11Southend248792938-931
12Walsall237973031-130
13Doncaster2486102627-130
14Fleetwood2486103338-530
15Blackpool2477103034-428
16Bristol Rovers2491143341-828
17Gillingham246992326-327
18Oldham2476113846-827
19Plymouth2476112332-927
20MK Dons2468102635-926
21Wimbledon2365121829-1123
22Northampton2465131942-2323
23Rochdale2341092431-722
24Bury2345141935-1617
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