New signing Michael Smith grabbed his third goal in two games to earn Swindon a point at Walsall.

The visitors started brightly and tested goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell through Alex Pritchard's low drive.

Walsall took the lead when Romaine Sawyers dummied James Chambers' flick-on before firing home from Craig Westcarr's pass.

Town improved after the break and secured a draw when ex-Charlton man Smith headed in Darren Ward's cross.

Swindon had to hang on as Malvind Benning fired just wide before substitute Ashley Hemmings clipped the crossbar.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I'm pleased that we've come away and got something against a team that are doing really well.

"We were expected to take a bit of a battering tonight, but we came and we were dogged.

"When we changed to three at the back, with two wing-backs, I thought we looked a real threat.

"We are pleased we looked more solid and you do have to ride your luck at times."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers (Purkiss - 72' )
  • 14 Benning
  • 07 Chambers
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 25 Sawyers (Hewitt - 88' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 29 Brandy (Hemmings - 84' )
  • 09 Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 26 McQuilkin

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 02 Thompson
  • 34 Reckord
  • 04 Luongo
  • 22 Ward
  • 29 Branco
  • 11 Pritchard Booked (Barthram - 62' )
  • 15 Kasim (Harley - 88' )
  • 09 Ranger (Storey - 84' )
  • 28 Smith
  • 19 Thompson

Substitutes

  • 03 Byrne
  • 07 Harley
  • 20 Storey
  • 23 Barthram
  • 25 Belford
  • 33 Barker
  • 39 Gladwin
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 4,059

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

4 4

Corners

7 2

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1.

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1.

90:00 +2:46

Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

90:00 +1:06

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jack Barthram.

88:21

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

87:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

87:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Ryan Harley replaces Yaser Kasim.

86:28

Attempt saved. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84:28

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

84:28

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

83:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Febian Brandy.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Miles Storey replaces Nile Ranger.

81:31

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

79:35

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

78:14

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

78:14

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

76:08

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

76:08

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:02

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:02

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

73:03

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

71:31

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers.

70:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Ward.

69:16

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

67:35

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

67:35

Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:08

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

62:08

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

61:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Jack Barthram replaces Alex Pritchard.

57:34

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

57:34

Jamie Reckord (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:18

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:39 Booking

Booking Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

55:35

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

55:35

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).

53:07

Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:35

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

48:35

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

45:47

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

45:47

Foul by Nile Ranger (Swindon Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +0:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +0:31

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

45:00 +0:24

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

44:24

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

44:00

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

44:00

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:38

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

42:38

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

40:47

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

36:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr.

35:27

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

35:27

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).

34:00

Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:50

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

33:23

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

33:23

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

30:27

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

30:27

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

29:54

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:54

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

29:10

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

28:29

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

28:29

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:23

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

25:49

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

25:49

Darren Ward (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:29

Attempt missed. Darren Ward (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:15

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

23:15

Jamie Reckord (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:12

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

22:12

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).

19:46

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

18:49

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

17:28

Hand ball by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

13:30

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

12:29

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

12:29

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

9:47

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:08

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

8:07

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

8:07

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

7:19

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

3:21

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

3:07

Attempt blocked. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:05

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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