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Walsall 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers drew a league game for the first time in 10 months as they were held 0-0 at Walsall.

Rovers' last draw had come on 28 February - one of six successive draws at the time - and they had gone 34 league games without another one until this deadlock.

Burnley loan striker Daniel Agyei almost put Walsall ahead after 20 minutes, beating two defenders on a fine solo run into the box but his shot was clawed away by Rovers keeper Adam Smith.

That was the only chance of a poor first half but the game improved after the break.

Rovers had a golden chance after 52 minutes as Tom Nichols latched on to Liam Sercombe's flighted ball but his prod towards goal was foiled by sprawling Walsall keeper Mark Gillespie.

Walsall then got on top as Zeli Ismail fizzed a cross-shot just wide before Smith made a superb diving save to push aside Joe Edwards' 20-yard drive.

Rovers came on strong late on but when Rory Gaffney's speculative 35-yarder flashed just wide, they had to settle for a rare draw.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Gillespie
  • 6Devlin
  • 24Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 23mins
  • 19Ismail
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 11Morris
  • 10Oztumer
  • 32AgyeiSubstituted forJacksonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jackson
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 23Donnellan
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Smith
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forBolaat 38'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 16Broadbent
  • 3Brown
  • 10BodinSubstituted forGaffneyat 62'minutes
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 59mins
  • 14LinesBooked at 85mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 9Harrison
  • 11NicholsSubstituted forSinclairat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola
  • 22Partington
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
5,759

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

  5. Post update

    Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Booking

    Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Zeli Ismail.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

  17. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Tom Nichols.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan23164349123752
2Shrewsbury23146330141648
3Blackburn23145442202247
4Scunthorpe24136534201445
5Bradford2413383731642
6Peterborough2411584235738
7Portsmouth24122102927238
8Rotherham24113104133836
9Charlton2310673130136
10Oxford Utd248883635132
11Southend248792938-931
12Walsall237973031-130
13Doncaster2486102627-130
14Fleetwood2486103338-530
15Blackpool2477103034-428
16Bristol Rovers2491143341-828
17Gillingham246992326-327
18Oldham2476113846-827
19Plymouth2476112332-927
20MK Dons2468102635-926
21Wimbledon2365121829-1123
22Northampton2465131942-2323
23Rochdale2341092431-722
24Bury2345141935-1617
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