Craig Westcarr cancelled out Chris Porter's penalty to earn Walsall a draw at lowly Sheffield United.

Westcarr headed in the equaliser just after half-time, converting James Baxendale's near-post cross.

The Blades had already had one penalty appeal turned down before referee Chris Sarginson awarded a spot-kick for handball in first-half injury time.

Porter rifled in from 12 yards but the Saddlers fought back and the two sides had to settle for a point apiece.

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a hard-earned point, but I'm disappointed with the goal we conceded again.

"I was disappointed with our final delivery at times - we got into some good, positive positions and set-plays but weren't quite on it.

"But I think one penalty was the least we should have had this evening."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We were average tonight. We know we can play a lot better and and it was probably a fair result.

"But it shows how far we've come that we can go away from Bramall Lane disappointed with only a point.

"It was a fantastic ball by James Baxendale for the goal and Craig Westcarr took it well.

"But we feel hard done by about the penalty decision. That certainly wasn't deliberate handball. The first one was for handball against Milan Lalkovic, but two wrongs don't make a right."

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Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon
  • 04 White
  • 14 McGinn
  • 15 Collins
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Coady
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Porter (Taylor - 81' )
  • 12 Miller (Baxter - 61' )
  • 22 Lappin (Murphy - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 10 Taylor
  • 11 Baxter
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 18 King
  • 20 McGinty
  • 23 Murphy

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Chambers
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 16 Baxendale (Sawyers - 76' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 09 Lalkovic (Hemmings - 64' )
  • 06 Featherstone (Hewitt - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 14 Benning
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 27 Gray
Ref: Chris Sarginson
Att: 14,796

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

1 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

11 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1.

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1.

90:00 +2:44

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

90:00 +1:37

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:41

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

88:35

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

88:35

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:14

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

86:14

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Nicky Featherstone.

85:02

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:10

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

80:50

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:50

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

80:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Chris Porter.

77:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Simon Lappin because of an injury.

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces James Baxendale.

74:50

Attempt saved. Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

74:17

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

74:17

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:48

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

73:48

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:50

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:50

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

68:46

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:46

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

66:02

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

66:02

Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:11

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

64:11

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

62:17

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Baxendale.

60:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Shaun Miller.

60:19

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:45

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aidan White.

56:24

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

47:07

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Walsall 0.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Walsall 0.

45:00 +2:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Walsall 0. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

45:00 +1:00

Penalty conceded by James Chambers (Walsall) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

39:10

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:16

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

37:00

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

37:00

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:36

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

36:36

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:30

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:06

Foul by Aidan White (Sheffield United).

33:06

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:41

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

30:41

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:43

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor Coady.

18:10

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:10

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

15:08

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

1:00

Aidan White (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:57

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Sheffield United 1-1 Walsall