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Walsall 0-0 Scunthorpe United

Jason Demetriou and Stephen Dawson
Walsall won 1-0 at Glanford Park in September, but were this time held at bay by resolute Scunthorpe

Promotion-chasing Walsall have now gone five games without a victory after a stalemate with battling Scunthorpe.

Saddlers left-back Andy Taylor's drive was tipped over by Luke Daniels and Paddy Madden had a free-kick for the Iron saved in a quiet first half.

Both sides stepped up their game after the restart, but Milan Lalkovic was thwarted by Daniels and Scunthorpe's Conor Townsend dragged just wide.

Walsall's Kieron Morris hit the bar late on with an offside flag raised.

The Iron went close to winning it themselves when substitute Tom Hopper's shot was cleared off the line by Paul Downing.

Walsall, who have drawn three of their last four games in their current winless run, have now failed to win at Bescot in five attempts since the turn of the year.

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

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Scunthorpe

"Everybody has got to hold their nerve a little bit. We're in a position where nobody is going to come to the Bescot and roll over.

"It was a game where we tried to do the right things throughout the 90 minutes.

"A lot of the times it probably didn't quite come off for us. But nobody's head went. They're an honest bunch of players and we've shown that."

Scunthorpe manager Nick Daws told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Daws on Walsall v Scunthorpe

"We were really quick out of the traps but we then seemed to indulge ourselves a little bit in possession of the football because we were allowed to do so. It kind of came away from how we have played in the last six games.

"We were playing against a good side so I'm slightly disappointed with the first half and we spoke about it at half-time. We asked them to put it right.

"We asked them to deal with the issues that we knew Walsall would cause us a problem and, in the second half, we did it well."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 12FordeSubstituted forHenryat 71'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 71'minutes
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 33ClarkeSubstituted forWisemanat 84'minutes
  • 5Mirfin
  • 23Wallace
  • 17Townsend
  • 15Dawson
  • 12Bishop
  • 26Ness
  • 9Madden
  • 14LuerSubstituted forHopperat 45'minutes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 3Laird
  • 13Anyon
  • 18King
  • 22Hopper
  • 28McSheffrey
  • 29Wootton
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
3,868

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Scott Wiseman replaces Jordan Clarke.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

James O'Connor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Gary McSheffrey replaces Jim O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Attempt blocked. Rico Henry (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt missed. Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Andy Taylor (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton33214843271667
2Wigan341712555302563
3Walsall331611649331659
4Gillingham341771060431758
5Millwall341671152411155
6Coventry331410956371952
7Barnsley34164145445952
8Southend34149114643351
9Bradford33149103936351
10Port Vale351310123939049
11Swindon34146145351248
12Sheff Utd34139124745248
13Bury34138134555-1047
14Scunthorpe33137133840-246
15Rochdale34129134446-245
16Peterborough34135165755244
17Fleetwood33109144041-139
18Chesterfield34115184554-938
19Doncaster33910143644-837
20Shrewsbury33107163951-1237
21Blackpool3498173343-1035
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe34611173659-2329
24Colchester3469194279-3727
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