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Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Walsall

Shrewsbury picked up a point in their battle to avoid relegation from League One after fighting back to draw with Walsall.

Kieron Morris gave the Saddlers a half-time lead before Stefan Payne headed Shrewsbury level 20 minutes from time.

Shrewsbury, who are two points clear of the relegation places, started brightly and Payne fired wide in the opening seconds before then setting up a chance for Shaun Whalley, but the winger's shot was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.

Amadou Bakayoko twice went close for mid-table Walsall before the visitors took the lead in the 35th minute. Joe Edwards delivered a fine cross from the left and midfielder Morris burst into the box to head home from close range.

Walsall almost doubled their advantage two minutes later but Shrewsbury goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler made an excellent double save, blocking an effort from Bakayoko and then reacting impressively to tip a drive from Morris over the bar.

Leutwiler made another important save early in the second half from an Edwards free-kick and Morris then drove narrowly wide.

But Shrewsbury rallied and equalised in the 70th minute when Whalley's cross from the right was headed in by on-loan Barnsley striker Payne, his second goal in as many games for Paul Hurst's side.

Match report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 14Grimmer
  • 3Sadler
  • 22Nsiala
  • 12Brown
  • 7Whalley
  • 18DeeganBooked at 55mins
  • 16Morris
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forLadapoat 61'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forHumphrysat 45'minutes
  • 45PayneSubstituted forYatesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 9Humphrys
  • 17Yates
  • 19Ladapo
  • 20Leitch-Smith
  • 21Halstead
  • 24El-Abd

Walsall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16Preston
  • 32O'Connell
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCuvelierat 67'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forCandlinat 88'minutes
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forJacksonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
6,801

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Humphrys (Shrewsbury Town).

  4. Post update

    Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ryan Yates replaces Stefan Payne.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Junior Brown.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Florent Cuvelier.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd432710683453891
2Bolton422310963352879
3Fleetwood4321121060411975
4Bradford431918658391975
5Scunthorpe4321101272512173
6Millwall4319131162501270
7Southend4319121268501869
8Rochdale431810156760764
9Bristol Rovers431712146262063
10Oxford Utd43179175852660
11Peterborough431610175857158
12MK Dons431413165453155
13Wimbledon431316145252055
14Walsall421316134952-355
15Charlton431118145252051
16Northampton43149205969-1051
17Gillingham431213185773-1649
18Oldham421115162942-1348
19Shrewsbury431211204460-1647
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale421112194466-2245
22Swindon431111214360-1744
23Chesterfield43910243970-3137
24Coventry43812233563-2836
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