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Crawley Town 0-0 Walsall

Promotion-chasing Walsall had to settle for a point as they extended Crawley's winless league run to six matches.

As well as keeping a third straight clean sheet, the Saddlers had the better of the chances.

Craig Westcarr's low left-foot shot was denied by Crawley keeper Paul Jones.

Having hit the post with an early second-half shot, Westcarr then blazed over from eight yards after being set up by Milan Lalkovic, while Andy Taylor's low shot was fumbled by Jones.

Crawley did have chances, striker Jamie Proctor heading wide from a cross by Walsall old boy Mat Sadler, before fit-again Billy Clarke's low 20-yard shot was saved by Richard O'Donnell, who he had also tested in first-half stoppage time.

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Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

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Post-match: Crawley manager Barker

"I would say two teams that pretty much cancelled each other out and who play in similar ways and similar formations and probably had the same sort of information. The longer it went on, the more chance it was going to be 0-0.

"There were less mistakes out there and there was far better decision making, and we are going to take a lot of positives out of what we got today. The decision making in the final third was certainly better in the second half.

"In the second half I thought everyone got nervous, even the crowd and the players did as well, and towards the end you start to think is it worth taking the draw. And the draw extends the run a bit and we'll take the confidence from it."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 2Hurst
  • 3Sadler
  • 21Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 57mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 10Drury
  • 15Bulman
  • 14ProctorSubstituted forAlexanderat 79'minutes
  • 7ClarkeSubstituted forSinclairat 80'minutes
  • 16Adams

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 9Alexander
  • 11Simpson
  • 12Walsh
  • 20Sinclair
  • 23Smith
  • 25Maddison

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3TaylorBooked at 55mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 88mins
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forHemmingsat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forHewittat 89'minutes
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forGrayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
3,296

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Walsall 0.

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

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

Delay in match Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces James Baxendale.

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

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

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

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

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

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

Booking

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Andy Taylor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Hurst.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient17132239142541
2Wolves17124130102040
3Peterborough17102525151032
4Brentford179442517831
5Preston178722517831
6Bradford1776430191127
7Swindon178273224826
8Walsall177551915426
9Port Vale178272626026
10Rotherham176742422225
11MK Dons166462623322
12Coventry179443830821
13Crawley175661923-421
14Shrewsbury174761719-219
15Oldham165382023-318
16Gillingham175392026-618
17Colchester173951723-618
18Carlisle174671628-1218
19Tranmere174582131-1017
20Stevenage1752101626-1017
21Sheff Utd1743101525-1015
22Bristol City172872429-514
23Crewe1734101338-2513
24Notts County1731131731-1410
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