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Walsall 1-1 Brentford

Clayton Donaldson

Brentford slipped off the top of League One as their eight-match winning streak ended at Walsall.

The Bees took the lead just before the half hour when Jake Bidwell crossed for Clayton Donaldson, who glanced a header into the bottom corner.

The Saddlers drew level just before the break when Milan Lalkovic headed across goal and Craig Westcarr nodded in.

Romaine Sawyers went close to winning it for the home side but David Button tipped his shot over the bar.

Brentford started the day looking to match a club record of nine consecutive league wins, which was set in 1932.

Donaldson's 49th league goal for the Bees looked to have set them on their way but Westcarr's header extended Walsall's unbeaten run to five games.

On-loan Brentford striker Marcello Trotta sent a half-volley over the bar in the second half as the visitors searched for a breakthrough.

Both sides came close to winning the match late on, with Westcarr firing over from close range and Brentford substitute Stuart Dallas dragging a left-footed shot inches past the post.

The Bees stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches but drop to second place after Leyton Orient won at Crewe.

Walsall slip out of the play-off places on goal difference, with Peterborough replacing them after they beat Tranmere.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"It was a tough game today and Walsall worked hard and moved the ball well - 1-1 was a fair draw.

"It's a squad game. The players who came in did well and the squad has shown its quality over the last few days.

"We have Gillingham in our sights and that's our only focus now."

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forPurkissat 82'minutes
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBenningat 66'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 29Brandy
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forBaxendaleat 87'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forLoganat 68'minutes
  • 2O'Connor
  • 5CraigBooked at 90mins
  • 9Donaldson
  • 8Douglas
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forDallasat 88'minutes
  • 17SavilleBooked at 78mins
  • 11GriggSubstituted forAkpomat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 14Logan
  • 15Dallas
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Reeves
  • 23Akpom
  • 32Adams
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
5,295

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

  3. Booking

    Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  6. Post update

    Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Shaleum Logan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Marcello Trotta.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers because of an injury.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham26128645341144
6Peterborough26133104032842
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons2510694136536
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2783163339-627
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Sheff Utd2668122635-926
20Shrewsbury2768132635-926
21Tranmere2667132948-1925
22Bristol City2541293639-324
23Crewe2666142553-2824
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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