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Walsall 1-1 Southend United

Aramide Oteh's 94th-minute penalty rescued Walsall a draw with fellow strugglers Southend in their quest for League One survival.

Southend had looked to be heading out of the relegation zone after Simon Cox's 15th league goal of the season gave them the lead, but Oteh's late equaliser earned Walsall a share of the spoils to end a run of six successive league defeats.

Both sides remain in the bottom four.

After a tentative start, it was Walsall who created the first clear-cut opportunity when Luke Leahy's inswinging cross was headed narrowly wide by Andy Cook.

The away side grew into the game and it took a brave goalkeeping from Chris Dunn to stop the unmarked Harry Bunn from breaking the deadlock.

Southend's persistent pressure bore fruit in the 43rd minute when Cox capitalised on a loose header from Connor Johnson before excellently rounding Dunn and slotting the ball into an empty net.

Elvis Bwomono squandered a golden opportunity to double Southend's lead as the full-back raced into the Walsall penalty area but dragged his shot wide of the post.

And that missed chance proved to be vital as Oteh was bundled over in the area by Michael Turner and the 20-year-old buried his penalty into the bottom left corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Dunn
  • 6Devlin
  • 35Scarr
  • 20JohnsonBooked at 76mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 15Kinsella
  • 4Dobson
  • 2Edwards
  • 10IsmailSubstituted forNormanat 77'minutes
  • 9Cook
  • 38Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forOtehat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Norman
  • 30Osbourne
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh

Southend

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1OxleyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Bwomono
  • 48WhiteBooked at 81mins
  • 23Moore
  • 6TurnerBooked at 90mins
  • 42HartBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHendrieat 63'minutes
  • 15Kiernan
  • 18Mantom
  • 16YearwoodSubstituted forHyamat 65'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 30BunnSubstituted forKelmanat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hyam
  • 7Kightly
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 13Bishop
  • 26Lennon
  • 32Hendrie
  • 34Kelman
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,624

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 1.

  3. Booking

    Aramide Oteh (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Southend United 1. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  5. Booking

    Michael Turner (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Booking

    Mark Oxley (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Penalty Walsall. Aramide Oteh draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Michael Turner (Southend United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Aramide Oteh (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Dobson (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Andy Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Southend United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley432413674363885
3Sunderland422217376413583
4Portsmouth422411777453283
5Charlton4323101063402379
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough421811136455965
8Coventry431810155249364
9Burton4316121561501160
10Blackpool431417124746159
11Fleetwood421512155548757
12Oxford Utd431414155257-556
13Gillingham43149205769-1251
14Bristol Rovers431214174548-350
15Shrewsbury431214174855-750
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Rochdale43139215283-3148
18Wycombe431211205265-1347
19Plymouth431211205270-1847
20Scunthorpe431210214973-2446
21Wimbledon43129223860-2245
22Southend43128235064-1444
23Walsall431110224670-2443
24Bradford43106274574-2936
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