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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:

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Blackpool

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Walsall 1, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Blackpool 1.

Goal!

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

Booking

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

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Matt Preston replaces Rico Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Romaine Sawyers.

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

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

Hand ball by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. John Herron replaces Brad Potts.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jim McAlister (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Mark Cullen (Blackpool).

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

Delay in match Andy Taylor (Walsall) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Mark Cullen replaces Jack Redshaw.

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

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Blackpool 0. Jason Demetriou (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Taylor.

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

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Mark Yeates.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

goal

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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