Leyton Orient lost ground on the top two, despite Nathan Clarke's deflected shot earning them a point at Walsall.

With leaders Wolves and second-placed Brentford both winning, Russell Slade's men are now four points from an automatic promotion spot in League One.

Walsall went in front when Paul Downing fired in a loose ball from a corner.

Orient's equaliser came in fortuitous fashion when Clarke's speculative half-volley took a huge deflection to beat goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Walsall are now without a win in 10 games and are eight points from the play-offs with eight matches to play.

Walsall boss Dean Smith told to BBC WM:

"Frustrated again, three times in the last three games. We started the game ever so well, played really well and played some really good football.

"We're playing against a team who are pushing for automatic promotion. I thought we were the better team today.

"It's disappointing that we haven't got the win but as I say, the league table changes.

"Once we get over that line with that next win things change straight away and the positivity off the players will be taken into that."

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"We can only do our best, but I was disappointed in the first half. Walsall deserved to be in front.

"In the second half we had so much more intensity and possession.

"Other than them maybe catching us out on the courter-attack, I felt we controlled the game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Chambers
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 29 Brandy
  • 08 Mantom
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 09 Lalkovic (Baxendale - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Featherstone
  • 14 Benning
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 22 Roberts
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 30 Ngoo

Leyton Orient

  • 30 Jakupovic
  • 05 Cuthbert
  • 02 Omozusi
  • 08 James Booked (Ness - 69' )
  • 06 Baudry Booked
  • 15 Clarke
  • 11 Odubajo
  • 04 Vincelot Booked
  • 10 Mooney
  • 23 Dagnall (Lisbie - 69' )
  • 07 Cox

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sawyer
  • 09 Lisbie
  • 19 Lasimant
  • 21 Bartley
  • 25 Simpson
  • 29 Ness
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 5,779

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

3 6

Corners

5 6

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1.

90:00 +5:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1.

90:00 +3:37

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:42

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +0:52 Booking

Booking Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:38

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

90:00 +0:38

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

89:39

Foul by David Mooney (Leyton Orient).

89:39

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

88:24

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

88:24

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

84:43

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

84:43

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

82:31

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:31

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

78:41

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:41

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

77:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 1. Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

76:31

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

75:50

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:50

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

74:58

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

74:45

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

73:05

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

72:27

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

72:27

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

72:15

Foul by Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient).

72:15

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

68:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Kevin Lisbie replaces Chris Dagnall.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Jamie Ness replaces Lloyd James.

67:19

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

66:31

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Paul Downing.

66:12

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

66:03

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:35

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:38

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:16

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

61:16

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

58:22

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

52:54

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Paul Downing.

50:57

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

49:36 Booking

Booking Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

49:10

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

49:10

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

46:17

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:18

Foul by Dean Cox (Leyton Orient).

45:18

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

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 0.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 0.

45:00 +2:57

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

45:00 +2:04

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

45:00 +0:55

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

38:07

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

34:39

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:39

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

32:18

Foul by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

32:18

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

26:34 Booking

Booking Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

26:23

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

26:23

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

25:31

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:59

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:20

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:20

Dangerous play by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

18:23

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

17:32

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Elliot Omozusi.

14:38

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

14:38

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Leyton Orient 0. Paul Downing (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr with a cross.

12:32

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mathieu Baudry.

11:15

Foul by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

11:15

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

10:19

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

10:19

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:47

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

6:36

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mathieu Baudry.

5:12

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

3:27

Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:27

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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