Rotherham United stretched their unbeaten start to eight games with a hard-fought draw against Walsall.

The Millers took the lead early on when Alex Revell delivered for former Wolves Academy striker Daniel Nardiello to nod in his fifth goal of the season.

Sam Mantom's low volley levelled for Walsall after Rotherham failed to clear skipper Andy Butler's corner.

Nardiello had a penalty appeal turned down after the break which was the closest either side came to a winner.

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Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"Once again, we looked solid. It was a fair result in the end. We were the better team in terms of possession, but we didn't create as many chances as we would have liked.

"It was a disappointing goal for us to concede but we responded well to falling behind and controlled the game for long spells.

"The opposition came here with a game plan and, fair play to them, they made it difficult for us. The final pass just wasn't there, but the most pleasing thing for me was the way in which we dealt with their threats."

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's a tough place to come against a good team, we've been on the end of some atrocious refereeing decisions.

"I use that word correctly, because he's a good referee Stuart Attwell, but certainly he's had better days.

"You have to believe as a manager that decisions level them out over the season."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing Booked
  • 15 J Chambers
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 08 Mantom
  • 16 Baxendale (Lalkovic - 64' )
  • 24 Hewitt (Westcarr - 65' )
  • 25 Sawyers Booked (Hemmings - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Roberts
  • 14 Benning
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 09 Lalkovic
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 11 Hemmings

Rotherham

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Brindley (Bradley - 25' )
  • 03 Skarz
  • 04 Arnason Booked
  • 20 Morgan
  • 08 Frecklington
  • 15 Milsom
  • 18 Pringle
  • 22 Agard Booked (Eaves - 72' )
  • 09 Revell Booked (Tubbs - 82' )
  • 17 Nardiello

Substitutes

  • 21 Collin
  • 06 Mills
  • 31 Rowe
  • 14 Bradley
  • 23 Tidser
  • 16 Tubbs
  • 25 Eaves
Ref: Attwell
Att: 5,002

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

2 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:43

Ben Pringle makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:25

Shot by Craig Westcarr cleared the bar.

90:00 +2:06

Milan Lalkovic sends in a cross.

90:00 +0:49

Craig Morgan manages to make a clearance.

89:30

Ben Pringle takes the free kick.

88:57

The referee penalises Adam Chambers for handball.

88:46

Clearance made by Paul Downing.

88:02

Clearance made by Joe Skarz.

87:49

Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

87:42

Unfair challenge on Sam Mantom by Tom Eaves results in a free kick.

87:02

Robert Milsom has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

86:17

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

85:56

Corner taken by Milan Lalkovic from the left by-line.

85:36

Sam Mantom takes a shot.

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings comes on in place of Romaine Sawyers.

83:40

Clearance by Romaine Sawyers.

83:33

Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Matt Tubbs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Revell.

80:32

The ball is sent over by Ben Pringle.

80:21

Joe Skarz crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Nardiello by Romaine Sawyers.

79:52

Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

79:40

Milan Lalkovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Bradley.

79:04

Mark Bradley manages to make a clearance.

78:56

A cross is delivered by Paul Downing.

78:35

Clearance by Craig Morgan.

78:19

Corner taken by Milan Lalkovic from the left by-line.

75:07

Andy Taylor crosses the ball.

73:28

Romaine Sawyers has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

73:09

Clearance made by Craig Morgan.

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Eaves.

69:25

Clearance made by Lee Frecklington.

69:00

Craig Morgan makes a clearance.

68:44

Free kick crossed by Andy Butler.

68:36

Mark Bradley challenges Sam Mantom unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:30

Lee Frecklington takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

66:08

Alex Revell takes a shot. Nicky Featherstone gets a block in.

65:21

Andy Butler has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

65:06

Joe Skarz manages to make a clearance.

64:56

The ball is delivered by James Chambers.

64:40

Joe Skarz makes a clearance.

64:28

Free kick taken by Andy Taylor.

64:10 Substitution

Substitution Troy Hewitt leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Westcarr.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Milan Lalkovic is brought on as a substitute for James Baxendale.

63:35

Foul by Lee Frecklington on Nicky Featherstone, free kick awarded.

63:21

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

63:08

The offside flag is raised against Kieran Agard.

62:30

James Baxendale takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

61:57

Shot by Ben Pringle. A parry by Richard O'Donnell prevents the goal.

60:03

Shot by Daniel Nardiello missed to the right of the net.

59:33

Richard O'Donnell crosses the ball in from the free kick.

59:22 Booking

Booking

59:22

Alex Revell booked.

59:12

Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Alex Revell results in a free kick.

58:44

Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

58:35

The referee blows for offside against Troy Hewitt.

57:44

Centre by Lee Frecklington.

57:28

Clearance by Joe Skarz.

57:15

Free kick crossed by Paul Downing.

57:08

The offside flag is raised against Daniel Nardiello.

56:38

Joe Skarz manages to make a clearance.

55:58

Scott Shearer makes a clearance.

54:47

James Chambers delivers the ball.

54:36

Clearance made by Ben Pringle.

54:28

James Chambers produces a cross.

53:49

Clearance made by James Chambers.

53:41

Scott Shearer crosses the ball in from the free kick.

52:41

Joe Skarz challenges Andy Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:17

Richard O'Donnell makes a clearance.

48:56

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

48:51

Centre by Joe Skarz.

45:19

Clearance made by Scott Shearer.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

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

45:00 +1:43

Craig Morgan makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:39

Ben Pringle takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Richard O'Donnell parries the effort to safety.

45:00 +0:06

Shot by Andy Taylor went harmlessly over the bar.

44:38

Free kick taken by Nicky Featherstone.

44:24

Free kick taken by Andy Taylor.

44:02 Booking

Booking

44:02

Booking for Kieran Agard.

43:57

Kieran Agard challenges Nicky Featherstone unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:34

The ball is delivered by James Chambers.

43:13

Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

43:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Nardiello.

41:53

The ball is delivered by Kari Arnason.

41:29

Clearance made by Paul Downing.

41:14

Corner taken by Ben Pringle.

40:49

Free kick taken by Ben Pringle.

40:21

Foul by Paul Downing on Daniel Nardiello, free kick awarded.

40:00 Booking

Booking

40:00

Paul Downing is booked.

39:07

Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.

38:34

Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

38:28

Alex Revell challenges Paul Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:10

Romaine Sawyers takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Scott Shearer prevents the goal.

37:35

Sam Mantom crosses the ball.

36:56

Shot by James Baxendale.

36:29

Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.

36:25

Richard O'Donnell manages to make a clearance.

36:03

Clearance by Scott Shearer.

35:45

Clearance made by Kari Arnason.

34:50

Joe Skarz manages to make a clearance.

34:45

Richard O'Donnell manages to make a clearance.

34:30

Scott Shearer makes a clearance.

34:11

Ben Pringle produces a cross.

33:56

Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

33:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Troy Hewitt.

32:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Mantom - Walsall 1 - 1 Rotherham Sam Mantom grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Walsall 1-1 Rotherham.

31:00

Corner taken by Nicky Featherstone.

30:42

Andy Taylor takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

30:17

Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

30:12

Kari Arnason is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

30:12 Booking

Booking

29:43

Unfair challenge on Sam Mantom by Kari Arnason results in a free kick.

29:08

Clearance by Richard O'Donnell.

25:26

Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

25:16

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

24:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Skarz on Sam Mantom.

24:17

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

24:08 Substitution

Substitution Mark Bradley replaces Richard Brindley.

23:23

The offside flag is raised against Alex Revell.

22:40

James Baxendale takes a shot and cleared the goal.

22:00

Corner taken by Andy Taylor.

21:37

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

21:23

Sam Mantom fouled by Lee Frecklington, the ref awards a free kick.

20:30

Assist on the goal came from Alex Revell.

20:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Nardiello - Walsall 0 - 1 Rotherham Daniel Nardiello scores a headed goal. Walsall 0-1 Rotherham.

20:07

Centre by Lee Frecklington.

13:44

Clearance made by Craig Morgan.

13:18

Lee Frecklington takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

13:04

The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle.

12:10

Chance falls to Kari Arnason who heads at goal. Richard O'Donnell catches the ball.

11:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

11:40

The ball is sent over by Ben Pringle.

11:15

Clearance made by Andy Butler.

11:08

Ben Pringle sends in a cross.

10:32

Richard O'Donnell makes a clearance.

10:23

The ball is sent over by Daniel Nardiello.

8:19

Paul Downing restarts play with the free kick.

8:10

Unfair challenge on Romaine Sawyers by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick.

7:21

Nicky Featherstone restarts play with the free kick.

7:09

Daniel Nardiello is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

6:11

Richard Brindley manages to make a clearance.

5:50

Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

5:26

The official flags Daniel Nardiello offside.

4:30

Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

4:25

Romaine Sawyers booked.

4:25 Booking

Booking

4:18

Unfair challenge on Richard Brindley by Romaine Sawyers results in a free kick.

2:43

Clearance made by Sam Mantom.

2:13

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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