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League One: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Walsall

Neil Etheridge
Neil Etheridge pulled off numerous saves to deny Bristol Rovers a second league win of 2016-17

Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge produced a string of fine saves to earn his side a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors took a 16th-minute lead when Hiram Boateng's poor touch on the edge of his own box set up Erhun Oztumer to curl a left-footed shot past Kelle Roos from 20 yards.

Rovers were level on 27 minutes after a foul by Adam Chambers on Billy Bodin. It was borderline whether it was inside the box, but Matt Taylor hammered in the resulting penalty for his sixth goal of the season.

Walsall had a loud penalty appeal of their own rejected when Simeon Jackson went down under challenge from Tom Lockyer in a first half that saw fine saves from both goalkeepers.

Former Rovers loanee Etheridge did brilliantly to keep out a deflected Taylor header, while Roos smothered a close-range effort from Jackson after a superb through-ball from Oztumer.

In the second half Etheridge made more superb stops from Taylor and Bodin twice as Rovers piled on the pressure.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 33Roos
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Brown
  • 34BoatengSubstituted forLinesat 67'minutes
  • 23Bodin
  • 24SinclairBooked at 71mins
  • 22MooreSubstituted forColkettat 89'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 14Lines
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 29James
  • 30Gaffney
  • 35Colkett

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Edwards
  • 32Toner
  • 5McCarthy
  • 3Laird
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forKouhyarat 36'minutes
  • 11Morris
  • 7Chambers
  • 44MoussaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forBakayokoat 84'minutes
  • 10OztumerBooked at 33mins
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 16Preston
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Sangha
  • 25Kouhyar
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
7,805

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Walsall 1.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Charlie Colkett replaces Byron Moore.

Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Franck Moussa.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers).

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Hiram Boateng.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

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

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 13th September 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton7430106415
2Scunthorpe64111771013
3Bradford734095413
4Fleetwood7331127512
5Millwall73311311212
6Peterborough73221510511
7Bury7322128411
8Northampton725085311
9Port Vale732298111
10Gillingham73221113-211
11Oxford Utd731388010
12Sheff Utd7313911-210
13Charlton62319729
14Chesterfield72239908
15MK Dons7223810-28
16Swindon622268-28
17Oldham714247-37
18Shrewsbury7214812-47
19Bristol Rovers6132810-26
20Walsall7133811-36
21Wimbledon7124812-45
22Southend7124613-75
23Coventry704338-54
24Rochdale7034610-43
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