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Gillingham 0-0 Walsall

Gillingham were held to a goalless draw by struggling Walsall, who have just one win in nine League One matches.

Saddlers striker Ashley Grimes, without a goal since April 2013, volleyed straight at Gills goalkeeper Stephen Bywater early on.

The 27-year-old then flicked a shot at Bywater from Anthony Forde's teasing cross.

Cody McDonald went closest for the Gills, who remain unbeaten in the league at Priestfield this season.

After suffering their heaviest defeat under Dean Smith in almost two years when they went down 4-0 at Rochdale in midweek, Walsall were back to miserly ways at the back, as they achieved a fourth goalless draw in their last nine matches.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Taylor on Gillingham v Walsall

"Walsall showed that they were one of the best passing teams in the division last year.

"It was always going to be a difficult match as they came here after getting beaten 4-0 in the week, so it's obvious they're going to be more determined.

"I'm not sure we had a cutting edge. We did some decent things, but when we eventually got to that final third I didn't think we had enough cleverness either with the delivery of the ball but also the position of the players to be in an area to get the ball.

"It's nothing to do with not playing with each other.

"I think we half know where we want people to be on the pitch. Unfortunately when it's out there in the match, that's the time to make that right decision."

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Smith on Walsall v Gillingham

"I was scathing of the back five after Tuesday night. We knew it was just a one-off and they have proved what they can do to give us a platform.

"It was a decent performance. Gillingham had their tails up and went into the game with a lot of confidence, but we looked solid throughout and I can't remember Richard O'Donnell having too many saves to make.

"We created a few opportunities of our own and could have taken all three points, but the lads worked hard out there and dealt with things really well.

"It was pleasing to have Adam Chambers back in action. It shows his commitment to getting back out there and involved. And the news is also encouraging with the other injured lads who I expect to be back in training next week."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 30Bywater
  • 3Martin
  • 15Morris
  • 4Egan
  • 5Hause
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forLinganziat 88'minutes
  • 23DackSubstituted forDickensonat 64'minutes
  • 11McGlashan
  • 7Loft
  • 10McDonald
  • 19NorrisSubstituted forGermanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Morris
  • 14German
  • 16Linganzi
  • 18Pritchard
  • 20Davies
  • 24Dickenson
  • 31Hoyte

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBenningat 56'minutes
  • 6Downing
  • 44ButlerBooked at 66mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 11Baxendale
  • 27Forde
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24GrimesSubstituted forBakayokoat 86'minutes
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forMansetat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Holden
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Kinsella
  • 26Clifford
  • 37Manset
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
5,344

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 0, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Amine Linganzi replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham).

Mathieu Manset (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Ashley Grimes.

Attempt missed. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Martin.

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

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Luke Norris.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Baxendale.

Booking

Andy Butler (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Luke Norris (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Butler (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Bradley Dack.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Kortney Hause (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Grimes (Walsall).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces Andy Taylor.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Gillingham).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Walsall 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Walsall 0.

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan.

Attempt blocked. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City96301871121
2MK Dons851221111016
3Peterborough9513139416
4Swindon84311710715
5Chesterfield84221511414
6Bradford94231210214
7Rochdale9414169713
8Preston8341149513
9Fleetwood934297213
10Sheff Utd84131112-113
11Coventry93331010012
12Gillingham93331112-112
13Yeovil93331012-212
14Oldham925299011
15Doncaster8323911-211
16Notts County824276110
17Leyton Orient824288010
18Crawley9315412-810
19Barnsley8233131309
20Walsall9153610-48
21Port Vale92251016-68
22Scunthorpe9216820-127
23Colchester9135913-46
24Crewe8116821-134
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