Walsall came from behind to boost their play-off hopes, ending Sheffield United's eight-match unbeaten run.

Chris Porter put the visitors in front in the League One clash, hitting a rising drive into the top corner.

Craig Westcarr equalised from the penalty spot in the second half after Harry Maguire was adjudged to have pushed Andy Butler in the box.

And on 62 minutes, a flowing move from the hosts was finished off by full-back James Chambers for victory.

Dean Smith's side move up to seventh in the table, just one point off the play-off positions, while the Blades are now just one point off the relegation places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was disappointing for our eight-game unbeaten run to come to an end in the way it did.

"The penalty that Walsall were given completely changed the game.

"We went at them in the second half, we're trying to be positive.

"But they put a ball in the box, get a penalty and then it's game on."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell Booked
  • 15 Chambers
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Chambers
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 16 Baxendale (Westcarr - 45' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 24 Hewitt (Gray - 77' )
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 09 Lalkovic (Hemmings - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 14 Benning
  • 27 Gray

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn (Murphy - 68' )
  • 15 Collins
  • 05 Maguire
  • 17 Coady
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Porter
  • 11 Baxter (Miller - 68' )
  • 07 Flynn (Brandy - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 12 Miller
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 19 Brandy
  • 22 Lappin
  • 23 Murphy
  • 32 Kennedy
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 5,015

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

3 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

15 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +4:13

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

90:00 +4:13

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

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:26

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

90:00 +1:26

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:25

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:10

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

88:10

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:49

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

85:31

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

85:03

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

85:03

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

84:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Febian Brandy replaces Ryan Flynn.

84:00

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

83:58

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

83:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

83:07

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by George Long.

82:47

Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:07

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

80:54

Attempt missed. Julian Gray (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Troy Hewitt.

72:35

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

70:16

Foul by Troy Hewitt (Walsall).

70:16

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

69:04

Foul by Troy Hewitt (Walsall).

69:04

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

68:54

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

67:24 Substitution

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

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Stephen McGinn.

67:00

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:00

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

62:56

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

62:25

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

62:25

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1. James Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Mantom.

59:20

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

59:20

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:25

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

55:25

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:08

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

51:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

51:00

Penalty Walsall. Andrew Butler draws a foul in the penalty area.

50:52

Penalty conceded by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) after a foul in the penalty area.

50:00

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Craig Westcarr replaces James Baxendale.

45:00 +3:46 Half time

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

43:44

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

43:44

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:43

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:43

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

33:52

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

33:52

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

32:00

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:57

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

30:29

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

25:10

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

25:10

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:50

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

21:35

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

19:07

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

19:07

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

18:23

Attempt missed. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Sheffield United 1. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen McGinn.

14:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

11:00

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:56

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

9:33

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

9:33

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

8:47

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

6:54

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

6:31

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

5:53

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

4:50

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

4:50

Troy Hewitt (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:38

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:38

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

2:07

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

2:07

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

0:42

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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