Match ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 1.
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.
- 20JohnsonBooked at 76mins
- 10IsmailSubstituted forNormanat 77'minutes
- 38Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forOtehat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 1OxleyBooked at 90mins
- 48WhiteBooked at 81mins
- 6TurnerBooked at 90mins
- 42HartBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHendrieat 63'minutes
- 16YearwoodSubstituted forHyamat 65'minutes
- 30BunnSubstituted forKelmanat 78'minutes
- Ross Joyce
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Southend United 1.
Aramide Oteh (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Walsall 1, Southend United 1. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Michael Turner (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mark Oxley (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty Walsall. Aramide Oteh draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Michael Turner (Southend United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).
Foul by Aramide Oteh (Walsall).
Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).
Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. George Dobson (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Andy Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Turner (Southend United).
Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Simon Cox (Southend United).