Walsall scored two late goals in the space of three minutes to rescue a point at home to Crawley and stretch their unbeaten run to nine matches.

The visitors looked set when, after Jamie Proctor's rising drive opened the scoring, Paul Hayes's close-range second put them 2-0 up on 71 minutes.

But Jamie Paterson's deflected shot in the last minute proved a lifeline.

And, in the second minute of injury time, top scorer Will Grigg drove in the equaliser from Andy Taylor's cross.

That was the Walsall marksman's 19th goal of the season - and his eighth in five games.

The Saddlers move a point closer to the League One play-off zone, but Crawley's fourth successive draw leaves them now 10 points adrift.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"It is disappointing that we let them back into the game - we should be shutting up shop and making sure it doesn't happen.

"That's probably five we've had cleared off the line in the last two weeks, and five or six off the woodwork, so we're not a million miles away.

"But there's no way we should be talking about this having been 2-0 up in the 88th minute."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 32 Mccarey
  • 04 Butler
  • 22 Downing
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 26 Taylor
  • 07 A Chambers Booked
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg
  • 10 Paterson
  • 12 Brandy (Hemmings - 81' )
  • 29 Westcarr (Featherstone - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Roberts
  • 05 Holden
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 24 Baxendale
  • 17 Bowerman

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sadler
  • 06 Essam Booked
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke (M Jones - 80' )
  • 10 Sparrow Booked
  • 16 Adams
  • 17 Taylor (Bulman - 67' )
  • 14 Proctor (O'Brien - 88' )
  • 28 Hayes

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 04 Connolly
  • 13 Hunt
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 21 M Jones
  • 19 O'Brien
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 5,003

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

11 5

Corners

5 5

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:39

Shot from just outside the area by Ashley Hemmings goes over the bar.

90:00 +3:56

Foul by Connor Essam on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Aaron Mccarey restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:56 Booking

Booking The referee books Adam Chambers for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:47

Mike Jones fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:53

Shot from just outside the box by Paul Hayes goes over the crossbar.

90:00 +1:56

The assist for the goal came from Andy Taylor.

90:00 +1:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Grigg - Walsall 2 - 2 Crawley Will Grigg grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 2-2 Crawley Town.

90:00 +0:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Butler on Connor Essam. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

90:00 +0:14

The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, save by Paul Jones.

89:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Paterson - Walsall 1 - 2 Crawley Jamie Paterson gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-2 Crawley Town.

87:26 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Aiden O'Brien coming on for Jamie Proctor.

84:44

Centre by Jamie Paterson, Paul Jones makes a save.

81:36

The referee blows for offside. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Ashley Hemmings coming on for Febian Brandy.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Mike Jones coming on for Billy Clarke.

79:35

Unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman by James Chambers results in a free kick. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

78:55

The ball is sent over by James Chambers, Joe Walsh manages to make a clearance.

78:38

Centre by James Chambers, Mat Sadler makes a clearance.

78:13

A cross is delivered by Will Grigg, clearance made by Connor Essam.

76:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by Dannie Bulman. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Paterson from left channel, clearance made by Connor Essam. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Taylor to the near post, clearance made by Dannie Bulman.

74:01

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Save by Aaron Mccarey. Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, Jamie Paterson makes a clearance.

73:44

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Joe Walsh gets a block in.

70:49

The assist for the goal came from Nicky Adams.

70:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Hayes - Walsall 0 - 2 Crawley Paul Hayes finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-2 Crawley Town.

69:34 Booking

Booking Booking for Matthew Sparrow.

69:31

Matthew Sparrow challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Taylor, Paul Jones makes a save.

68:28

Centre by Matthew Sparrow, Andy Taylor makes a clearance.

67:24

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution Dannie Bulman comes on in place of Jake Taylor.

66:03

Jamie Paterson has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

65:10

Nicky Featherstone takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

64:14

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Walsh.

62:52

Billy Clarke delivers the ball, Andy Taylor makes a clearance.

62:04

Corner taken by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line, save by Paul Jones.

61:05

Billy Clarke challenges Adam Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Mccarey restarts play with the free kick.

60:06 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Featherstone on for Craig Westcarr.

60:06

Unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow by Craig Westcarr results in a free kick. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

58:48

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones. Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Connor Essam gets a block in.

57:49

Nicky Adams produces a cross, Paul Hayes has a volleyed shot. Save made by Aaron Mccarey. Corner taken by Mat Sadler from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Butler.

56:01

Jamie Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Chambers. Aaron Mccarey takes the direct free kick.

54:51

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mat Sadler, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

52:58

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Taylor to the near post, clearance by Mat Sadler. Centre by Andy Taylor, Mustapha Dumbuya makes a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Craig Westcarr.

51:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Proctor - Walsall 0 - 1 Crawley Goal scored by Jamie Proctor from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Crawley Town.

51:05

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

49:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Walsh on Craig Westcarr. Free kick taken by Sam Mantom.

47:33

Jamie Proctor produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

47:19

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, clearance by Andy Butler.

46:32

Will Grigg delivers the ball, clearance by Connor Essam.

45:35

Will Grigg takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

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

45:00 +0:23

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Taylor.

42:28

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Taylor from the right by-line played to the near post.

38:25

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Andy Butler.

38:02

Nicky Adams decides to take a short corner.

36:42

Mat Sadler sends in a cross.

34:47

Shot by Craig Westcarr from just outside the area goes over the net.

33:40 Booking

Booking Connor Essam receives a yellow card.

33:18

Will Grigg fouled by Connor Essam, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

32:07

Mat Sadler delivers the ball. Handball by Billy Clarke. Aaron Mccarey restarts play with the free kick.

30:01

Jamie Proctor has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

29:45

Centre by Nicky Adams, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

27:30

A cross is delivered by Sam Mantom, Paul Jones makes a save.

25:45

Centre by Andy Taylor.

24:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Walsh on Will Grigg. Free kick taken by Andy Taylor.

24:09

Connor Essam fouled by Will Grigg, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

18:05

Jamie Paterson delivers the ball, clearance made by Connor Essam.

16:52

Foul by Jamie Paterson on Mustapha Dumbuya, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

16:05

Paul Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Chambers. Aaron Mccarey takes the direct free kick.

15:17

James Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams, clearance by James Chambers.

14:29

The referee blows for offside against Billy Clarke. Free kick taken by Aaron Mccarey.

11:42

Centre by Jamie Paterson.

10:02

Nicky Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Mantom. Aaron Mccarey takes the free kick.

8:46

Centre by Paul Hayes.

7:21

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

6:11

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

5:45

Foul by Jake Taylor on Febian Brandy, free kick awarded. Adam Chambers takes the free kick.

5:29

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, clearance by Adam Chambers.

4:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Jamie Proctor. Aaron Mccarey takes the direct free kick.

3:18

James Chambers sends in a cross, save made by Paul Jones.

2:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr by Jake Taylor. Paul Downing takes the direct free kick.

0:13

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, blocked by James Chambers. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Adams, save by Aaron Mccarey.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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