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Peterborough United 1-1 Walsall

Goalkeeper Conor O'Malley went from villain to hero as his late penalty save helped promotion-hunting Peterborough hold on for a point against Walsall.

The Irish shot-stopper conceded and then kept out an 89th minute penalty during late drama at the ABAX Stadium.

O'Malley sent Nicky Devlin tumbling before guessing the right way to save Saddlers skipper Luke Leahy's spot-kick.

He was then called on again in stoppage time to pull off a fine double-save from Walsall striker Andy Cook as the visitors finished strongly.

O'Malley had earlier been culpable as the visitors hit the front on the stroke of half-time.

A mix-up between the keeper and defender Rhys Bennett led to a Leahy cross reaching Devlin. He coolly headed into the path of Isaiah Osbourne, who steered a header past two defenders on the line.

But Posh responded only two minutes into the second half as Ivan Toney struck for the 10th time in as many matches when heading in a Marcus Maddison corner from close range.

But it was Walsall who looked the likelier winners with Josh Gordon seeing a header well saved before that flurry of late action.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 25O'MalleyBooked at 89mins
  • 15Ward
  • 2Naismith
  • 16Bennett
  • 3Daniel
  • 21MaddisonBooked at 73mins
  • 11ReedSubstituted forO'Haraat 45'minutes
  • 4Woodyard
  • 10DembéléSubstituted forCooperat 77'minutes
  • 9GoddenSubstituted forStevensat 56'minutes
  • 17Toney

Substitutes

  • 1Chapman
  • 8O'Hara
  • 19Cooper
  • 22Lyon
  • 23Denton
  • 26Stevens
  • 35Cummings

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 5Guthrie
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 3Leahy
  • 28Wilson
  • 15Kinsella
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forDobsonat 73'minutes
  • 8Morris
  • 29GordonSubstituted forFerrierat 81'minutes
  • 9CookBooked at 36mins

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 4Dobson
  • 10Ismail
  • 13Dunn
  • 16Ferrier
  • 20Johnson
  • 31Ronan
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
7,243

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Walsall 1.

Rhys Bennett (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Matt Stevens (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Matt Stevens (Peterborough United).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Penalty saved! Luke Leahy (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Walsall. Nicky Devlin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

George Cooper (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Morgan Ferrier replaces Josh Gordon.

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Andy Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. George Cooper replaces Siriki Dembélé.

Booking

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United).

Kane Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Isaiah Osbourne because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Leahy (Walsall) because of an injury.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Siriki Dembélé (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Joe Ward (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

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

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth23156239192051
2Luton23145445222347
3Sunderland21127242222043
4Charlton23134638251343
5Peterborough23118441291241
6Barnsley22116536211539
7Doncaster23116639281139
8Blackpool229762522334
9Wycombe238873332132
10Accrington228772527-231
11Walsall238782434-1031
12Fleetwood238693025530
13Southend2392122930-129
14Coventry2385102328-529
15Shrewsbury237792729-228
16Burton2283112631-527
17Rochdale2376103142-1127
18Oxford Utd236893135-426
19Gillingham2374123338-525
20Bradford2363142439-1521
21Scunthorpe2356122949-2021
22Bristol Rovers2355132028-820
23Plymouth2355132644-1820
24Wimbledon2353151734-1718
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