David Noble's late strike secured a draw for Exeter against Walsall in the first round of the FA Cup.

Mark Wilson put the visitors ahead with a deflected free-kick that left Exeter goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley wrong-footed.

Exeter pressed for an equaliser in the second half but were kept at bay by Walsall's goalkeeper David Grof.

However, Noble found the bottom corner with a low strike from 25 yards in the final minute of stoppage time to secure a first round replay.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"A winner takes all cup tie with a goal five seconds from time, it's got to be a classic of sorts.

"It looked like one of those games where we weren't going to score.

"The players were so determined to win, they almost overdid things and tried too hard, but what a finish from David Noble."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Exeter

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 02 Tully
  • 05 Archibald-Henville
  • 11 Golbourne
  • 18 Coles
  • 04 Dunne
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Noble
  • 14 Shephard (Duffy - 49' )
  • 10 Nardiello (Frear - 83' )
  • 19 O'Flynn (Logan - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 06 Duffy
  • 26 Bennett
  • 22 Keohane
  • 24 Frear
  • 31 McNish
  • 20 Logan

Walsall

  • 21 Grof
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler Booked
  • 12 Beevers Booked
  • 18 Gnakpa Booked (Taundry - 78' )
  • 06 Smith
  • 07 Chambers
  • 24 Wilson
  • 10 Macken (Grigg - 61' )
  • 15 Paterson (Jarvis - 90' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 01 Walker
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 09 Grigg
  • 14 Taundry
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Linington
Att: 3,026

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

9 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:43 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:43 Goal scored

Goal! - David Noble - Exeter 1 - 1 Walsall David Noble scores a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 1-1 Walsall.

90:00 +0:43 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Ryan Jarvis coming on for Jamie Paterson.

89:03

Shot from just outside the box by Liam Sercombe goes over the bar.

88:26

Corner taken by David Noble from the right by-line.

82:42 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Frear on for Daniel Nardiello.

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry comes on in place of Claude Gnakpa.

75:00

Claude Gnakpa challenges Liam Sercombe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

74:47

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Butler.

72:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Nardiello. David Grof takes the free kick.

71:38

Unfair challenge on Lee Beevers by Troy Archibald-Henville results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

71:19

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Sercombe, Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

70:03

Free kick crossed right-footed by David Noble from right channel, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

70:03 Substitution

Substitution Richard Logan on for John O'Flynn.

70:03

Unfair challenge on Richard Duffy by Andy Butler results in a free kick.

64:07

Will Grigg concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Coles. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

63:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Steve Tully. Mark Wilson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

62:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Coles on Claude Gnakpa. Free kick crossed by Mark Wilson, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

60:43 Substitution

Substitution Will Grigg joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Macken.

60:28

Mark Wilson takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

58:02

Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Paterson from the right by-line.

55:20

Liam Sercombe takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

54:02

Liam Sercombe takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

53:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Noble, clearance by Andy Butler.

53:20

Liam Sercombe takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

52:31

Corner taken right-footed by David Noble from the right by-line, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

51:35

John O'Flynn takes a shot. David Grof makes a comfortable save.

50:58

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe from the left by-line to the near post, Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

48:54 Substitution

Substitution (Exeter) makes a substitution, with Richard Duffy coming on for Chris Shephard.

47:39

Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

47:39 Booking

Booking Claude Gnakpa goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

46:04

Corner taken by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line, Andy Butler takes a shot.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

42:29

Corner taken by Jamie Paterson, Close range headed effort by Emmanuele Smith misses to the right of the target.

41:14

Jonathan Macken is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott Golbourne restarts play with the free kick.

40:09

Adam Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Archibald-Henville. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

39:19

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Noble. Liam Sercombe takes the free kick.

38:10

Jamie Paterson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

37:19

The referee blows for offside. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

36:58

Liam Sercombe takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

35:29

Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by John O'Flynn results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Grof.

34:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against John O'Flynn. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

31:51

Shot from just outside the box by Liam Sercombe misses to the left of the goal.

28:49

Shot comes in from David Noble from the free kick, save made by David Grof.

28:49 Booking

Booking The referee books Lee Beevers for unsporting behaviour.

28:15

Lee Beevers challenges Daniel Nardiello unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:18

Shot from just outside the penalty area by David Noble misses to the left of the target.

26:02

Free kick taken by Scott Golbourne.

26:02 Booking

Booking Andy Butler is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

25:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John O'Flynn by Andy Butler.

22:05

David Noble takes a shot. Save by David Grof.

20:52

The assist for the goal came from Jamie Paterson.

20:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Wilson - Exeter 0 - 1 Walsall Free kick scored by Mark Wilson from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Exeter 0-1 Walsall.

20:05

Unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Troy Archibald-Henville results in a free kick.

18:45

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Sercombe from the left by-line played to the near post, David Grof makes a save.

18:26

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Chambers.

14:14

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jonathan Macken misses to the left of the target.

13:57

The official flags John O'Flynn offside. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

12:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against John O'Flynn. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

10:44

The official flags Daniel Nardiello offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

8:11

Unfair challenge on Scott Golbourne by Jonathan Macken results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

7:09

Liam Sercombe fouled by Jonathan Macken, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Troy Archibald-Henville.

6:01

Jamie Paterson takes the outswinging corner, Andy Butler takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

3:34

Daniel Nardiello has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

2:17

Shot from long range by Mark Wilson goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Coles on Alex Nicholls. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Wilson from right wing, Liam Sercombe manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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