Match ends, Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1.
Walsall substitute Ashley Grimes scored just two minutes after coming on to earn his side a deserved point against play-off chasing Sheffield United.
Jose Baxter gave the visitors an early lead when he lashed in from 25 yards.
But Walsall dominated for most of the game and striker Grimes, in for injured top scorer Tom Bradshaw, nodded in Ben Purkiss's cross to level on 71 minutes.
Grimes hit the post a minute later then home keeper Richard O'Donnell made a great save late on to deny Ben Davies.
As well as 16-goal Bradshaw (hamstring), Walsall were also without left-back Andy Taylor ahead of Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, causing the recall of loan defender Mal Benning from York City.
Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:
"They scored early with a good finish from the lad Baxter. He's capable of that.
"But in the last 15 minutes of the first half the officials got us right up for it by making some strange decisions and getting the fans off their seats.
"We were the aggressors for the major part of the game and had enough chances to put the game to bed, but we just didn't take them.
"We hit the bar and the post and Grimesy scored a very good goal. We played very well against a very good team."
- 8MantomSubstituted forCainat 89'minutes
- 21CookSubstituted forGrimesat 69'minutes
- 30Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutesBooked at 88mins
- 35HoltSubstituted forDaviesat 87'minutes
- 8DoyleBooked at 45mins
- 22ReedSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
- 14DoneSubstituted forFlynnat 79'minutes
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1.
Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Davies (Sheffield United).
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.
Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).
Substitution, Walsall. Michael Cain replaces Sam Mantom.
Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).
Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Jason Holt.
Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.
Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall).
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.