League One
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Burton Albion 0-0 Walsall

Jon McLaughlin
Jon McLaughlin helped Burton to keep their 16th clean sheet of the season in League One

Burton's lead at the top of League One was cut to two points after they were held by fellow high-flyers Walsall.

The Saddlers looked more likely to take the lead in the first half, with Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin keeping out Paul Downing and Romaine Sawyers.

Burton came close when Stuart Beavon tricked his way into Walsall's box but fired into the side-netting.

Wigan's win over Bury means Albion's lead at the top is cut to two points, with Walsall staying in fourth.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

"There was nothing in it at all. It was never going to be an open, free-flowing classic I don't think.

"Chances were few and far between but we got a clean sheet and another point on the board.

"We played better on Monday night, in terms of knocking the ball about, without doubt. But we got back to what the teams been all about for the last season or two - being solid and not giving anything away."

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

"I think we were organised and disciplined and professional. I've watched a number of games here where teams have fallen into a trap trying to play where there's no space.

"They play in a defensive shape and do it really well, so I thought we created the better chances and it was a different kind of performance to the ones we've put in before.

"Hopefully the chances we created today will go in in the following games."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCrory
  • 8Weir
  • 10Akins
  • 12Butcher
  • 15NaylorSubstituted forChoudhuryat 77'minutes
  • 33BennettSubstituted forReillyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Charles
  • 7Reilly
  • 17Myers-Harness
  • 19O'Connor
  • 30Flanagan
  • 31Bywater
  • 34Choudhury

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6DowningBooked at 81mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 12FordeSubstituted forMorrisat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 7Chambers
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
5,512

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Stuart Beavon.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Callum Reilly replaces Mason Bennett.

  6. Post update

    Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

  10. Post update

    Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Hamza Choudhury replaces Tom Naylor.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

  18. Post update

    Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Naylor.