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Crawley Town 1-1 Walsall

Tom Nichols' 97th-minute penalty robbed Walsall boss Brian Dutton of his first win in eight attempts since taking charge of the Saddlers as Crawley forced a draw at the Broadfield Stadium.

Emmanuel Osadebe gave the Saddlers the lead shortly after the break with his first goal for the club, also from the spot.

But Nichols dragged lacklustre Crawley level in similar fashion in the seventh minute of stoppage time after goalkeeper Liam Roberts flattened Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Intrerim boss Dutton went into the game insisting he is still the right man for Walsall following a winless start to his tenure.

The Saddlers enjoyed early possession and the recalled Cameron Norman had a fierce shot blocked for a corner.

Crawley striker Nichols threatened with a deflected shot and the Reds were forced to withdraw the injured Jake Hesketh before Ashley Nadesan's header was tipped over by Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

Jordan Maguire-Drew was off target just before the break for the Reds after a cross by Joe McNerney.

Caolan Lavery hit an overhead kick against the bar for Walsall before they broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the interval.

Tunnicliffe brought down Josh Gordon and Osadebe sent Glenn Morris the wrong way from the spot.

That looked to have been the key moment until the game's second decisive penalty deep into injury time.

.Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 15DaviesSubstituted forCraigat 45'minutes
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 55mins
  • 5McNerneyBooked at 63mins
  • 4FrancombSubstituted forWrightat 71'minutes
  • 34Maguire-DrewSubstituted forTsaroullaat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Powell
  • 39HessenthalerSubstituted forRodariat 82'minutes
  • 29HeskethSubstituted forTilleyat 21'minutes
  • 10Nadesan
  • 16Nichols

Substitutes

  • 24Craig
  • 25Tsaroulla
  • 35Rodari
  • 37Nelson
  • 38Tilley
  • 44Wright

Walsall

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 24White
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 40mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 2Norman
  • 7Sinclair
  • 8Kinsella
  • 3Melbourne
  • 10GordonSubstituted forWrightat 90+4'minutes
  • 9LaverySubstituted forOsei Yawat 90'minutes
  • 23OsadebeSubstituted forBatesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Osei Yaw
  • 12Bates
  • 13Rose
  • 14Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15McDonald
  • 27Wright
  • 29Reid
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Goal! Crawley Town 1, Walsall 1. Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  4. Booking

    Liam Roberts (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Crawley Town. Jordan Tunnicliffe draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Liam Roberts (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Jack Powell (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Max Melbourne (Walsall).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Tyreik Wright replaces Josh Gordon.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Davide Rodari (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Tsaroulla with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Derick Osei Yaw (Walsall).

  12. Post update

    Tony Craig (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Nick Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nick Tsaroulla.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Derick Osei Yaw.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Derick Osei Yaw replaces Caolan Lavery because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Powell (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nick Tsaroulla.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Nick Tsaroulla (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham35188946331362
2Cambridge361871154342061
3Forest Green341710749361361
4Newport351691046361057
5Tranmere33176104638857
6Bolton35169104542357
7Morecambe35168115049156
8Exeter331411857381953
9Salford341312941271451
10Crawley34149114541451
11Carlisle32146124538748
12Harrogate35146154040048
13Bradford33138123838047
14Leyton Orient34128143839-144
15Stevenage36916112831-343
16Mansfield35914124246-441
17Oldham35118165261-941
18Scunthorpe34125173544-941
19Walsall34815113743-639
20Port Vale36108184551-638
21Colchester35814133348-1538
22Barrow3398163841-335
23Southend3579192149-2830
24Grimsby3368192452-2826
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