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Walsall 1-1 Blackpool

Danny Philliskirk
Danny Philliskirk's dramatic equaliser was his ninth goal of the season

Promotion-chasing Walsall suffered late heartbreak as League One strugglers Blackpool snatched a dramatic leveller.

The Seasiders went close in the first half through Jack Redshaw, who forced a fine save from Neil Etheridge.

Walsall took a 66th-minute lead when Anthony Taylor's cross-shot found Jason Demetriou at the far post for a tap-in.

But Uche Ikpeazu's free-kick deflected into the path of Danny Philliskirk, who poked into an empty net to level the scores in injury time.

Third-placed Walsall, who have a rearranged league game at Fleetwood in midweek ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at Reading, finished the game without three of their key players.

Top scorer Tom Bradshaw, highly-rated teenage left back Rico Henry and Romaine Sawyers, who was feeling his hamstring, were all substituted.

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

"The players adapted really well to a difficult game. Blackpool were coming off an excellent 5-0 win against Scunthorpe.

"They came full of confidence and you can see from the first half that they were dangerous.

"We evolved as the game went on and controlled the second half. They didn't create a chance apart from the goal."

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Etheridge
  • 6DowningBooked at 90mins
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3TaylorBooked at 45mins
  • 2Demetriou
  • 8Mantom
  • 7ChambersBooked at 34mins
  • 12Forde
  • 14HenrySubstituted forPrestonat 90+1'minutes
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forMorrisat 89'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forLalkovicat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 22Kinsella

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doyle
  • 2White
  • 15AldredBooked at 48mins
  • 25Aimson
  • 3Ferguson
  • 4McAlisterBooked at 85mins
  • 8PottsSubstituted forHerronat 87'minutes
  • 19NorrisBooked at 18mins
  • 28YeatesSubstituted forIkpeazuat 63'minutes
  • 17Philliskirk
  • 10RedshawSubstituted forCullenat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rivers
  • 9Cullen
  • 14Herron
  • 16Boyce
  • 21Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Letheren
  • 29Ikpeazu
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,022

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Blackpool 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Blackpool 1. Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Booking

    Paul Downing (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  6. Post update

    Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Matt Preston replaces Rico Henry.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  10. Post update

    Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. John Herron replaces Brad Potts.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Tom Aldred (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  17. Booking

    Jim McAlister (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jim McAlister (Blackpool).

  20. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham28166655352054
2Burton26173635211454
3Walsall27158445261953
4Wigan281310545291649
5Coventry28139647301748
6Millwall27134104337643
7Peterborough271251053401341
8Sheff Utd2711884539641
9Southend2711883634241
10Bradford2510872627-138
11Port Vale27107103131037
12Doncaster279993335-236
13Bury26106103640-436
14Swindon27105124245-335
15Scunthorpe27105123136-535
16Rochdale2697103536-134
17Barnsley26103134342133
18Chesterfield2893163848-1030
19Blackpool2785142735-829
20Shrewsbury2785143346-1329
21Fleetwood2677123335-228
22Colchester2857163665-2922
23Oldham26312112640-1421
24Crewe2656152749-2221
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