Florent Cuvelier's second-half equaliser against Huddersfield ensured League One survival for Walsall.

Huddersfield, already assured of a play-off position, took the lead in the second minute when Lee Novak lashed the ball in from close range.

But on-loan Stoke teenager Cuvelier levelled just after the break, converting Mat Sadler's cross.

The point, coupled with Wycombe's late defeat by Notts County, was enough to guarantee safety for the Saddlers.

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Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We were really good in the first half, I thought the game could have been over and done with.

"We never looked in any danger in difficult conditions, in swirling wind.

"It was one of those days where, as well as we played the first half, in the second half things didn't help us."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Walsall

  • 01 Walker
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 12 Beevers
  • 14 Taundry
  • 25 Cuvelier
  • 27 Mantom
  • 28 Ledesma
  • 10 Macken (Grigg - 78' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 21 Grof
  • 02 Westlake
  • 11 Hurst
  • 09 Grigg
  • 15 Paterson

Huddersfield Town

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods (T Clarke - 21' )
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 15 Morrison
  • 32 Hunt
  • 11 Ward (Roberts - 46' )
  • 14 Johnson (Gobern - 63' )
  • 16 Arfield
  • 18 Miller
  • 21 Novak
  • 27 Higginbotham

Substitutes

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 T Clarke
  • 07 Roberts
  • 10 Gobern
  • 17 Rhodes
Ref: Bates
Att: 4,646

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

4 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

4 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:24 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +6:09

Foul by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma on Ian Bennett, free kick awarded. Ian Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:16

Alex Nicholls produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

90:00 +2:16

The ball is delivered by Tom Clarke.

90:00 +1:58

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Novak. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Miller.

90:00 +1:02

The referee blows for offside against Oscar Gobern. Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

88:32

The ball is delivered by Mat Sadler.

88:07

Sean Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. Florent Cuvelier restarts play with the free kick.

86:10

Sean Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Florent Cuvelier.

85:50

Kallum Higginbotham sends in a cross, clearance made by Mat Sadler.

84:45

Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Gary Roberts, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

83:20

Sean Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Grigg. Strike on goal comes in from Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the free kick.

82:22

Foul by Oscar Gobern on Florent Cuvelier, free kick awarded. Mat Sadler takes the direct free kick. Shot by Richard Taundry. Blocked by Peter Clarke.

79:21

Kallum Higginbotham delivers the ball, clearance made by Andy Butler.

78:37

Effort from outside the penalty area by Alex Nicholls goes wide left of the goal.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Will Grigg comes on in place of Jonathan Macken.

77:16

Lee Novak crosses the ball. Close range shot by Scott Arfield goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:45

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers, Jack Hunt makes a clearance.

76:08

The referee blows for offside against Gary Roberts. Oliver Lancashire takes the direct free kick.

74:00

Shot from just outside the box by Richard Taundry misses to the left of the goal.

73:17

The ball is delivered by Richard Taundry. Kallum Higginbotham handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma.

71:55

Florent Cuvelier has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Sean Morrison gets a block in.

70:33

Sean Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Macken. Free kick crossed by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

69:53

The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts, Kallum Higginbotham challenges Mat Sadler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

68:24

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Oliver Lancashire misses to the left of the goal.

68:16

Mat Sadler produces a cross, Scott Arfield gets a block in.

66:11

Jonathan Macken has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

64:32

Lee Novak concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

63:53

Effort on goal by Richard Taundry from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:02 Substitution

Substitution Oscar Gobern replaces Damien Johnson.

58:52

Jonathan Macken is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ian Bennett takes the direct free kick.

58:27

Alex Nicholls produces a cross, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

57:21

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma from the right by-line, The ball is delivered by Florent Cuvelier.

54:44

Mat Sadler fouled by Damien Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma crosses the ball in from the free kick, Scott Arfield makes a clearance. Sam Mantom takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Damien Johnson makes a clearance.

52:50

Gary Roberts crosses the ball.

51:37

Alex Nicholls delivers the ball, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

48:42

Mat Sadler provided the assist for the goal.

48:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Florent Cuvelier - Walsall 1 - 1 Huddersfld Florent Cuvelier scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 1-1 Huddersfield.

48:37

Mat Sadler sends in a cross,

48:28

The ball is sent over by Lee Beevers.

48:10

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.

46:59

Shot by Kallum Higginbotham. Blocked by Mat Sadler.

45:03 Substitution

Substitution Gary Roberts comes on in place of Daniel Ward.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:51 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:21

The referee penalises Scott Arfield for handball. A cross is delivered by Emanuel Jorge Ledesma, Headed effort from inside the box by Andy Butler misses to the right of the target.

44:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Nicholls on Jack Hunt. Daniel Ward crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Andy Butler.

42:02

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Mantom to the near post, clearance made by Tom Clarke. Sam Mantom takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance. Kallum Higginbotham delivers the ball, save made by Jimmy Walker.

41:47

The ball is sent over by Alex Nicholls, save by Ian Bennett.

38:00

Lee Novak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Oliver Lancashire from own half, Ian Bennett makes a comfortable save.

37:18

The ball is sent over by Mat Sadler, Ian Bennett makes a comfortable save.

36:14

Effort on goal by Tommy Miller from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

36:07

The ball is sent over by Damien Johnson, Lee Beevers manages to make a clearance.

35:31

The ball is delivered by Jack Hunt, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

34:19

The ball is crossed by Daniel Ward, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

33:48

The ball is sent over by Mat Sadler.

33:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Macken. Ian Bennett takes the direct free kick.

30:46

Daniel Ward delivers the ball, Scott Arfield takes a shot. Jimmy Walker makes a fantastic save. Corner taken by Daniel Ward from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Richard Taundry.

28:33

Daniel Ward produces a cross.

27:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Macken. Free kick taken by Ian Bennett.

26:27

Lee Novak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliver Lancashire. Oliver Lancashire takes the free kick.

21:09

Foul by Florent Cuvelier on Tom Clarke, free kick awarded. Ian Bennett takes the direct free kick.

19:59 Substitution

Substitution Tom Clarke on for Calum Woods.

19:59

Emanuel Jorge Ledesma takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.

19:30

The ball is crossed by Daniel Ward, clearance by Oliver Lancashire.

18:10

The official flags Kallum Higginbotham offside. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

15:06

Damien Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuel Jorge Ledesma. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

14:10

Lee Novak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Oliver Lancashire takes the direct free kick.

13:20

The ball is delivered by Daniel Ward, Lee Novak produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

11:40

Effort from just outside the area by Jonathan Macken goes over the bar.

9:02

Daniel Ward takes the inswinging corner, Richard Taundry makes a clearance.

7:17

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Macken by Peter Clarke results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Beevers, Damien Johnson manages to make a clearance.

5:29

Daniel Ward takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Richard Taundry.

4:28

Shot by Alex Nicholls from 18 yards. Save made by Ian Bennett.

2:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Clarke on Richard Taundry. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

1:28

Kallum Higginbotham provided the assist for the goal.

1:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Novak - Walsall 0 - 1 Huddersfld Lee Novak gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Huddersfield.

1:11

Centre by Jack Hunt, clearance made by Andy Butler.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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