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Walsall 1-1 Bristol City

Romaine Sawyers
Sawyers scored his second goal in 11 games for Walsall this season

Walsall grabbed a well-earned draw against League One leaders Bristol City thanks to Romaine Sawyers' late strike.

Joe Bryan put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes with a right-footed shot into the corner from Luke Ayling's cross.

Aaron Wilbraham could have doubled City's lead but he fired straight at goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

The Saddlers created few chances after the loss of top scorer Tom Bradshaw but Sawyers curled a superb shot into the top corner five minutes from time.

Sawyers off on international duty in Caribbean
Walsall striker Romaine Sawyers headed off after the game to link up with the St Kitts & Nevis squad for this week's three Caribbean Cup games in Port-au-Prince against Barbados (8 October), French Guiana (10 October) and Haiti (12 October). He misses Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Rochdale and next Saturday's League One trip to Oldham Athletic.

Bradshaw limped off on 35 minutes with a hamstring injury that will scupper his chances of an international call, having been on standby for the full Wales squad.

Bristol City extend their unbeaten start to the season, although their lead at the top has been cut to four points, while Walsall move up one place into 16th.

Walsall striker Romaine Sawyers told BBC WM:

"Hopefully I can keep this form whilst I am away and then be able to maintain my high standards when I return from international duty.

"It was nice to see the ball hit the back of the net. It was a really good team goal with some neat play in the build-up.

"It was a great performance against another of the top teams. We always seem to perform against the better sides. Maybe it's because they come here trying to impose themselves on the game.

"We kept believing. At half-time, the gaffer told us to keep doing the right things and we got our reward. In fact, we were a little disappointed that we didn't come away with all three points."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I think they're a good team. There were a couple of teams that I knew we would play against that don't get a lot of profile. But one thing is for sure, their manager and players work extremely hard.

"One was obviously Walsall today and the other was Rochdale, So I think we'll look back at this period of the season and think that these were two very good points.

"Second half we had to show a different side. I thought we were organised and the spirit was fantastic. They covered yards and yards, for each other.

"The one thing we didn't do was, we were not quite ruthless enough with our attempts on goal and we didn't stop one shot we didn't block one shot."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6DowningBooked at 40mins
  • 44Butler
  • 3Taylor
  • 27Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forCliffordat 60'minutes
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forMansetat 81'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 35'minutes


  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 15Chambers
  • 21Cook
  • 24Grimes
  • 26Clifford
  • 37Manset

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 7Smith
  • 2Little
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forWagstaffat 83'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 8Elliott
  • 19AgardBooked at 21mins
  • 18Wilbraham


  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns
  • 21Pack
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Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBristol City
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

  4. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andy Butler.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Billy Clifford (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Bristol City 1. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Luke Freeman.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces James Baxendale.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  20. Post update

    James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

1Bristol City1174022101225
4MK Dons1061325141119
8Notts County11452127517
11Sheff Utd105141516-116
20Leyton Orient102441113-210
22Port Vale112361118-79
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