Walsall 0-0 Rochdale

Relegation-threatened Walsall and Rochdale played out an entertaining goalless draw.

Managerless Dale, who are under the caretaker charge of Chris Beech, came close to the opening goal when Harry Bunn forced a save from Jimmy Walker.

The Saddlers went close when James Patterson fired just wide before Emmanuele Smith hit the crossbar.

Bunn clipped the hosts' bar and home sub Claude Gnakpa headed narrowly over as both teams had to settle for a draw.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Beech sets Rochdale 53-point target

Rochdale caretaker manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I enjoyed that, but I enjoy anything that's involved with football.

"We know we've got to strengthen and start making inroads into one or two players.

"We'll bring players in to make an imminent improvement, but I've got an eye on March, April and May as you want men in those games."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 Walker
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Beevers Booked
  • 14 Taundry (Gnakpa - 75' )
  • 06 Smith Booked
  • 07 Chambers
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 10 Macken (Bowerman - 64' Booked )
  • 15 Paterson (Halliday - 82' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 21 Grof
  • 18 Gnakpa
  • 25 Halliday
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 17 Bowerman

Rochdale

  • 23 Lucas (Edwards - 27' )
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 04 Holness (Tutte - 77' )
  • 17 Holden
  • 22 Jordan
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Jones
  • 11 Adams
  • 15 Thompson (Akpa Akpro - 69' )
  • 09 Bunn
  • 39 Ball

Substitutes

  • 21 Edwards
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 10 Grimes
  • 16 Tutte
  • 26 Akpa Akpro
Ref: Madley
Att: 3,907

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

4 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:21

The official flags Nicky Adams offside. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

90:00 +1:26

George Bowerman is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

89:20

Unfair challenge on Claude Gnakpa by Joe Widdowson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Mat Sadler, Joe Widdowson manages to make a clearance.

89:06

David Ball takes a shot. Save by Jimmy Walker.

88:19

Claude Gnakpa concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Adams, Andrew Halliday manages to make a clearance.

87:44

Anton Peterlin delivers the ball, clearance by Dean Holden.

85:45 Booking

Booking George Bowerman is shown a yellow card.

85:34

George Bowerman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Edwards. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

83:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams.

82:15

Shot by Adam Chambers from 25 yards. Joe Widdowson gets a block in. Andrew Halliday sends in a cross, Emmanuele Smith has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

81:03 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Halliday is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Paterson.

80:52

Nicky Adams produces a cross.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Holness leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Tutte.

74:57 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Claude Gnakpa coming on for Richard Taundry.

74:05

George Bowerman sends in a cross.

73:15

David Ball is penalised for a handball. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

71:38

Alex Nicholls fouled by Marcus Holness, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Taundry takes the free kick.

71:15

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, Jimmy Walker makes a save.

70:13

George Bowerman challenges Marcus Holness unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Holness.

69:14

Marcus Holness is adjudged to have handled the ball. Richard Taundry takes the direct free kick.

68:27 Substitution

Substitution Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on for Joe Thompson.

68:03

Shot by Alex Nicholls. Save by Dean Holden. Shot by George Bowerman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

65:18

George Bowerman is caught offside. Matthew Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

63:37 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman replaces Jonathan Macken.

63:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Macken by Marcus Holness. Richard Taundry takes the direct free kick.

62:35

The ball is sent over by Alex Nicholls, clearance by Marcus Holness.

62:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Ball. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

60:47

The referee blows for offside. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

59:45

A cross is delivered by Alex Nicholls, clearance made by Dean Holden.

59:26

The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

58:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Macken by Dean Holden. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

57:09

Nicky Adams takes a corner.

56:16

The ball is swung over by Joe Thompson. The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

55:49

Nicky Adams produces a cross, clearance made by Mat Sadler.

53:16

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Adams from own half.

53:16 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Lee Beevers for unsporting behaviour.

53:10

Foul by Lee Beevers on Nicky Adams, free kick awarded.

52:22

The ball is sent over by Joe Widdowson, Effort on goal by Harry Bunn from 18 yards.

51:35

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Matthew Edwards.

49:56

Effort from the edge of the box by Nicky Adams goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:58

Centre by Jamie Paterson.

46:53

The referee blows for offside against Alex Nicholls. Matthew Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

46:34

David Ball takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:08

Richard Taundry delivers the ball, clearance made by Marcus Holness.

41:12

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Adams from left channel, Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

41:12 Booking

Booking The referee shows Emmanuele Smith a yellow card.

41:02

Foul by Emmanuele Smith on Gary Jones, free kick awarded.

38:02

Adam Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy. Marcus Holness restarts play with the free kick.

36:55

The referee gives a free kick against Joe Widdowson for handball. Richard Taundry delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Stephen Jordan.

35:08

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Dean Holden makes a save.

34:34

Foul by Gary Jones on Anton Peterlin, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

33:58

Adam Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Holness. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

32:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Joe Widdowson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Richard Taundry, Joe Widdowson makes a clearance. Effort from outside the area by Anton Peterlin goes wide right of the goal.

31:21

Nicky Adams takes the inswinging corner, Lee Beevers manages to make a clearance.

31:15

Alex Nicholls is caught offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Jordan.

29:50

Corner taken by Nicky Adams, David Ball has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

27:00 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Edwards replaces David Lucas.

25:58

Alex Nicholls challenges Joe Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Holden.

23:37

Joe Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Taundry. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Richard Taundry, Dean Holden makes a clearance.

22:18

Shot from outside the area by Harry Bunn misses to the left of the goal.

20:13

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Emmanuele Smith misses to the right of the target.

17:37

Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Adam Chambers results in a free kick. Nicky Adams crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Thompson on Mat Sadler. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

16:05

A cross is delivered by Lee Beevers, Alex Nicholls produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

15:05

The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler, Stephen Jordan makes a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Taundry, Emmanuele Smith takes a shot.

13:34

Effort from the edge of the area by Jamie Paterson goes wide of the right-hand post.

12:12

Alex Nicholls takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

11:02

Drilled right-footed shot by Harry Bunn. Jimmy Walker makes a save.

8:37

Nicky Adams takes a short corner. Shot by Gary Jones from 25 yards. Blocked by Lee Beevers. The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, save made by Jimmy Walker.

8:28

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.

4:33

Alex Nicholls is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marcus Holness restarts play with the free kick.

3:17

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, save made by David Lucas.

3:11

The ball is sent over by Jamie Paterson, clearance made by Dean Holden.

1:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nicholls. David Lucas takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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