An 88th-minute Niall Canavan header helped relegation-threatened Scunthorpe earn what could be a valuable point at home to play-off hopefuls Walsall.

The Saddlers looked to be on course for three points when Will Grigg fired home Craig Westcarr's pull-back.

But centre-back Canavan pulled the Iron level in dramatic fashion, heading home substitute Mike Grella's delivery.

In a frantic finish, home keeper Eirik Holman Johansen was at his best to deny Febian Brandy to secure the point.

The draw leaves Scunthorpe two points off League One safety, while Walsall are now a point below the play-off places.

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Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"The important thing for us was that we didn't stop going. It was quite evident that the players gave their all today to try and get the result and the point could be important.

"Mathematically it's still possible [survival], we're only two points behind. Had we lost today that would have been an even bigger task, so we might look at it as a positive

"Until you get to the final game you never know, but the one sure thing is we've got to capitalise on our first-half performance."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Scunthorpe

  • 26 Johansen
  • 06 Reid Booked
  • 15 Canavan
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 23 Forde (Grella - 63' )
  • 17 Godden
  • 22 Hawley (Sodje - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 09 Sodje
  • 10 Grella
  • 27 Alabi

Walsall

  • 28 Johnstone
  • 05 Holden
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 22 Downing
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg Booked
  • 10 Paterson
  • 12 Brandy
  • 29 Westcarr (Baxendale - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Roberts
  • 20 Benning
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 24 Baxendale
  • 33 Sawyers
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Phillips
Att: 4,049

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

5 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:41 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Mike Grella misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +1:12

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sam Mantom from right channel, clearance made by Akpo Sodje.

90:00 +1:12 Booking

Booking Caution for Paul Reid.

90:00 +0:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by Tom Newey.

90:00 +0:26

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Eirik Holmen Johansen gets a block in.

89:16

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Newey.

87:50

Assist on the goal came from Mike Grella.

87:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall Canavan - Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Walsall Niall Canavan grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Scunthorpe 1-1 Walsall.

87:41

A cross is delivered by Mike Grella,

86:29

Foul by Jamie Paterson on Tom Newey, free kick awarded. Mark Duffy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

84:02 Substitution

Substitution Craig Westcarr goes off and James Baxendale comes on.

83:21

Centre by Tom Newey, Dean Holden manages to make a clearance.

82:20

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Westcarr, clearance made by Michael Collins.

79:42

Jimmy Ryan fouled by Jamie Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Eddie Nolan restarts play with the free kick.

76:32

The ball is swung over by Tom Newey, Sam Johnstone makes a save.

74:40

Craig Westcarr challenges Mark Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Duffy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by James Chambers. Corner taken by Tom Newey, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

73:35

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Ryan. The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Duffy. Sam Johnstone takes the free kick.

72:38

Akpo Sodje gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Downing. Sam Johnstone restarts play with the free kick.

72:08

Sam Mantom sends in a cross.

71:08

Corner taken by Craig Westcarr from the right by-line.

67:59

Akpo Sodje fouled by Dean Holden, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Duffy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

67:02

Mike Grella produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

64:02

The ball is crossed by Ben Purkiss. Will Grigg is caught offside. Eddie Nolan takes the free kick.

63:01

Shot from just outside the box by Craig Westcarr misses to the right of the target.

61:52 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Mike Grella coming on for Anthony Forde.

61:52 Substitution

Substitution Akpo Sodje comes on in place of Karl Hawley.

60:39

Tom Newey challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Purkiss takes the free kick.

59:54

Matt Godden takes a shot. Sam Johnstone makes a comfortable save.

58:19

Eddie Nolan sends in a cross, clearance made by Ben Purkiss.

57:23

Michael Collins is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Sam Johnstone takes the free kick.

56:24

Effort from range distance by James Chambers goes wide of the right-hand upright.

55:59

Craig Westcarr takes the outswinging corner, Eddie Nolan makes a clearance.

55:23

Jimmy Ryan challenges Jamie Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Chambers, clearance made by Eddie Nolan.

54:33 Booking

Booking Will Grigg goes into the referee's book for dissent.

53:58

Assist by Craig Westcarr.

53:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Grigg - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Walsall A goal is scored by Will Grigg from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Walsall.

53:50

The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr,

52:15

Shot from 25 yards by Anthony Forde. Blocked by Paul Downing.

50:56

Febian Brandy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick.

49:44

Effort on goal by Febian Brandy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

47:00

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Febian Brandy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Downing.

45:34

Centre by Mark Duffy, Sam Johnstone makes a comfortable save.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:17

Anthony Forde produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

43:14

Eddie Nolan produces a cross, clearance by Ben Purkiss. Corner crossed in by Mark Duffy, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

42:13

Centre by Anthony Forde, Shot from inside the area by Matt Godden clears the bar.

41:44

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

38:53

The ball is delivered by Anthony Forde, Dean Holden manages to make a clearance.

38:19

Jimmy Ryan challenges James Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

35:32

Craig Westcarr fouled by Tom Newey, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Craig Westcarr, Shot by Sam Mantom from 20 yards. Paul Reid gets a block in.

33:52

Dean Holden challenges Karl Hawley unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Mark Duffy, Paul Reid takes a shot. Sam Johnstone makes a save.

31:09

Karl Hawley takes a shot. Save by Sam Johnstone. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey from the right by-line, Adam Chambers manages to make a clearance.

30:42

James Chambers challenges Karl Hawley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Duffy.

29:05

Will Grigg fouled by Paul Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sam Mantom, clearance made by Paul Reid.

27:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Febian Brandy on Tom Newey. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the direct free kick.

23:20

Shot from just outside the area by Febian Brandy goes over the bar.

20:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Hawley on James Chambers. Direct free kick taken by Dean Holden.

20:02

Mark Duffy crosses the ball.

16:29

Foul by Adam Chambers on Jimmy Ryan, free kick awarded. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

16:03

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Niall Canavan.

14:01

Jimmy Ryan fouled by Will Grigg, the ref awards a free kick. Jimmy Ryan takes the direct free kick.

12:32

Michael Collins takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

12:21

The ball is crossed by Mark Duffy, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

11:39

The referee blows for offside against Ben Purkiss. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the free kick.

8:02

Sam Mantom has an effort at goal. Save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen. Febian Brandy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

7:44

The ball is crossed by Jimmy Ryan, Will Grigg manages to make a clearance.

7:03

Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Mark Duffy.

6:38

The ball is swung over by Eddie Nolan, clearance made by Sam Johnstone.

5:17

Effort from inside the area by Karl Hawley misses to the right of the target.

4:43

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the right by-line, Dean Holden manages to make a clearance.

2:36

Mark Duffy takes a shot from 35 yards clearing the net.

1:50

The ball is sent over by Eddie Nolan, Headed effort from inside the area by Matt Godden misses to the left of the goal.

1:27

Febian Brandy challenges Michael Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Collins takes the direct free kick.

0:08

Jimmy Ryan takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Sam Johnstone.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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