Brentford slipped off the top of League One as their eight-match winning streak ended at Walsall.

The Bees took the lead just before the half hour when Jake Bidwell crossed for Clayton Donaldson, who glanced a header into the bottom corner.

The Saddlers drew level just before the break when Milan Lalkovic headed across goal and Craig Westcarr nodded in.

Romaine Sawyers went close to winning it for the home side but David Button tipped his shot over the bar.

Brentford last lost a game in League One when they were beaten 2-1 at Stevenage on 12 October.

The Bees have won 13 of their last 15 league matches.

Brentford started the day looking to match a club record of nine consecutive league wins, which was set in 1932.

Donaldson's 49th league goal for the Bees looked to have set them on their way but Westcarr's header extended Walsall's unbeaten run to five games.

On-loan Brentford striker Marcello Trotta sent a half-volley over the bar in the second half as the visitors searched for a breakthrough.

Both sides came close to winning the match late on, with Westcarr firing over from close range and Brentford substitute Stuart Dallas dragging a left-footed shot inches past the post.

The Bees stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches but drop to second place after Leyton Orient won at Crewe.

Walsall slip out of the play-off places on goal difference, with Peterborough replacing them after they beat Tranmere.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"It was a tough game today and Walsall worked hard and moved the ball well - 1-1 was a fair draw.

"It's a squad game. The players who came in did well and the squad has shown its quality over the last few days.

"We have Gillingham in our sights and that's our only focus now."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers (Purkiss - 82' )
  • 03 Taylor (Benning - 66' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 29 Brandy
  • 07 Chambers
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 25 Sawyers (Baxendale - 87' )
  • 09 Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 14 Benning
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 24 Hewitt

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 18 Judge (Logan - 68' )
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 05 Craig Booked
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 08 Douglas
  • 29 Trotta (Dallas - 88' )
  • 17 Saville Booked
  • 11 Grigg (Akpom - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 14 Logan
  • 15 Dallas
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 23 Akpom
  • 32 Adams
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 5,295

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

4 1

Corners

6 2

Fouls

6 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

90:00 +3:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

90:00 +2:52 Booking

Booking Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:47

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

90:00 +2:47

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

90:00 +1:41

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:41

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

90:00 +0:30

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:30

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

88:46

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

88:46

Shaleum Logan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:09

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

87:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Marcello Trotta.

86:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Romaine Sawyers.

86:21

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

83:52

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

83:26

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tony Craig.

81:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers because of an injury.

80:48

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

80:48

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

78:26

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:04 Booking

Booking George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

77:00

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:40

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

75:21

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by David Button.

75:10

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

74:25

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

74:25

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Brentford).

73:16

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:00

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:00

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

70:24

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

69:48

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

67:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Shaleum Logan replaces Alan Judge.

67:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Chuba Akpom replaces William Grigg.

67:16

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

66:40

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

66:40

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces Andy Taylor because of an injury.

64:31

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

61:00

Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

59:09

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

58:18

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

58:00

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

57:58

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

53:25

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

52:24

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

52:24

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:20

Hand ball by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

47:38

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

47:38

William Grigg (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:54

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:54

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 1, Brentford 1.

44:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Brentford 1. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milan Lalkovic.

43:08

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

42:54

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

42:54

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

42:44

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

42:44

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

40:13

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:41

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

38:41

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:59

Attempt missed. Kevin O'Connor (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

37:32

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Downing.

37:22

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:00

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

34:56

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

32:17

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

32:17

Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

29:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Brentford 1. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

28:27

Attempt saved. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:19

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

19:10

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

18:41

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

15:20

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

14:56

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kevin O'Connor.

12:29

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

12:29

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

5:00

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

4:52

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

3:48

Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

3:48

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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