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Port Vale 1-1 Walsall

Walsall hit back to earn a draw through a Tom Bradshaw goal in an entertaining season-opener against Port Vale.

Walsall hit back to earn a draw through a Tom Bradshaw goal in an entertaining season-opener against Port Vale.

Vale deservedly led at the break through's Tom Pope close-range strike from Mark Marshall's low cross.

Pope then shot narrowly wide for the hosts, as did Michael O'Connor.

But the Saddlers responded and, after Ashley Grimes forced a fine save from Sam Johnson, Bradshaw levelled when he ran on to a Grimes pass and lifted the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Walsall manager Dean Smith speaks to BBC WM:

"We played really well on the front foot, played some neat and tidy stuff. I'm pleased at the comeback and like to take a lot of confidence from this.

"We've got some really good players in the squad at the moment, I was really pleased.

"We're disappointed with their goal as it came from a deflected cross. We dealt with the aerial balls well and we'll take a lot of confidence from this game.

"We knew what to expect from Port Vale, we knew they put a lot of balls in the box which we couldn't stop the first one, we had to defend it. I'd say I thought we done that quite well."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 21VeseliSubstituted forRobertsonat 86'minutes
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivernBooked at 64mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 20Marshall
  • 15O'Connor
  • 10LinesSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forJenningsat 74'minutes
  • 9Williamson
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 4Robertson
  • 7Birchall
  • 17Brown
  • 18Jennings
  • 22Lloyd

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15Chambers
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Benning
  • 10Sawyers
  • 7ChambersBooked at 67mins
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forCliffordat 70'minutes
  • 24Grimes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Holden
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Kinsella
  • 26Clifford
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
7,050

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Chris Lines.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Robertson replaces Frederic Veseli.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Post update

    Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Johnson.