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Walsall 0-0 Southend United

Southend extended their unbeaten run to eight League One games with a goalless draw at Walsall.

Walsall hit the woodwork seven minutes in as Erhun Oztumer's near-post cross was met by Andreas Makris' flick but came back off the upright.

Southend twice came close as Nile Ranger left the Saddlers' defence in his wake on a 50-yard solo run but was denied by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who then foiled Anthony Wordsworth's 25-yard free-kick.

The Saddlers then struck the woodwork for a second time as Scott Laird's deflected cross clipped the top of the bar.

But Southend ended the first half the stronger as Wordsworth flashed one effort wide from 15 yards and saw a 25-yard rocket tipped over by a flying Etheridge.

The second half was much quieter but Etheridge made a sprawling save to foil the clean-through Stephen McLaughlin after a mix-up between Walsall defenders Matt Preston and Jason McCarthy.

Walsall almost snatched the points eight minutes from time but Shrimpers keeper Mark Oxley beat away Kieron Morris' 20-yarder.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4O'Connor
  • 32TonerSubstituted forPrestonat 45'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 3LairdBooked at 90mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 24mins
  • 2Edwards
  • 11Morris
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forJacksonat 84'minutes
  • 18Ginnelly
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forBakayokoat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Osbourne
  • 15Kinsella
  • 16Preston
  • 20Bakayoko

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24Demetriou
  • 5Thompson
  • 35FerdinandBooked at 90mins
  • 8TimlinBooked at 15mins
  • 12Atkinson
  • 18Leonard
  • 4WordsworthSubstituted forMcGlashanat 73'minutes
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 10CoxBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFortunéat 64'minutes
  • 50Ranger

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 7O'Neill
  • 14Fortuné
  • 15Sokolik
  • 16King
  • 17McGlashan
  • 22Smith
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
4,342

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 0.

Booking

Scott Laird (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 0.

Booking

Anton Ferdinand (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Walsall) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Nile Ranger (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Simon Cox.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Andreas Makris.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Walsall).

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Southend United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Matt Preston replaces Kevin Toner because of an injury.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 0, Southend United 0.

goal

As It Stood

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4Bradford209832718935
5Rochdale209382725230
6Peterborough198562821729
7Wimbledon207853024629
8Fleetwood208573126529
9Millwall198473231128
10Southend207762627-128
11Charlton196942619727
12Port Vale207672429-527
13Bristol Rovers207672935-627
14Oxford Utd207582424026
15Gillingham207582932-326
16Northampton206682828024
17Walsall195862228-623
18Swindon206592128-723
19MK Dons205692530-521
20Bury2062122838-1020
21Coventry204791725-819
22Chesterfield2053122434-1018
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24Shrewsbury2036111934-1515
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