League One
Walsall1Shrewsbury1

Walsall 1-1 Shrewsbury Town

Stefan Payne scored his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot
Stefan Payne scored his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot

League One leaders Shrewsbury Town had to come from behind to maintain the EFL's only unbeaten record with a local derby draw at Walsall.

Dan Agyei put Walsall ahead on 13 minutes with a 20-yard right-foot shot.

It dipped over former Walsall keeper Craig MacGillivray, on only his second league appearance for Shrewsbury.

But Stefan Payne then equalised seven minutes later with a penalty, sending home keeper Mark Gillespie the wrong way from the spot.

Payne took the kick himself after his close-range header had been handled by Jon Guthrie.

He was close to a second just before the break when he had the ball in the Walsall net only for it to be disallowed for offside - to the frustration of the 1,643 Shrewsbury fans in an attendance of 5,971.

But it was visiting keeper MacGillivray who produced an excellent save in the dying minutes to tip away former Shrewsbury loan signing Tyler Roberts' close-range header.

Shrewsbury remain unbeaten after 12 matches, but their lead is cut to two points following Wigan's victory at Scunthorpe.

Former Walsall keeper Craig MacGillivray was left clutching thin air after Dan Agyei's strike
Former Walsall keeper Craig MacGillivray was left clutching thin air after Dan Agyei's strike

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 14Wilson
  • 24Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 6Devlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 11Morris
  • 3Leahy
  • 10Oztumer
  • 20BakayokoBooked at 77mins
  • 32AgyeiSubstituted forRobertsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Roberts
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Ismail
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 29Shorrock
  • 36Candlin

Shrewsbury

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 13Bolton
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Sadler
  • 12Brown
  • 4Godfrey
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forMorrisat 76'minutes
  • 8OgogoBooked at 72mins
  • 20Nolan
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forWhalleyat 76'minutes
  • 45PayneSubstituted forGnahouaat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 6Beckles
  • 7Whalley
  • 9Morris
  • 11Gnahoua
  • 17Adams
  • 31Gregory
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
5,971

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by James Wilson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Arthur Gnahoua replaces Stefan Payne.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Junior Brown.

Booking

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Carlton Morris replaces Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Alex Rodman.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Booking

Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. James Bolton (Shrewsbury Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Tyler Roberts replaces Daniel Agyei.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Attempt blocked. Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town).

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Louis Dodds (Shrewsbury Town).

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieron Morris.

James Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town).

Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Wilson (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury129301881030
2Wigan129122271528
3Bradford128222213926
4Rotherham127052213921
5Peterborough116232217520
6Charlton116231915420
7Blackburn10613158719
8Scunthorpe12543127519
9Fleetwood116142019119
10Oxford Utd125342114718
11Blackpool115331613318
12Bristol Rovers126062323018
13MK Dons125251215-317
14Southend124441722-516
15Portsmouth114251514114
16Walsall123541621-514
17Doncaster123361515012
18Rochdale122551014-411
19Oldham113171726-910
20Bury112361217-59
21Wimbledon12237514-99
22Northampton12228822-148
23Gillingham11146615-97
24Plymouth12129821-135
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