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Sheffield United 1-1 Walsall

Craig Westcarr cancelled out Chris Porter's penalty to earn Walsall a draw at lowly Sheffield United.

Westcarr headed in the equaliser just after half-time, converting James Baxendale's near-post cross.

The Blades had already had one penalty appeal turned down before referee Chris Sarginson awarded a spot-kick for handball in first-half injury time.

Porter rifled in from 12 yards but the Saddlers fought back and the two sides had to settle for a point apiece.

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

Nigel Clough

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Post-match: Sheffield United's Clough

"It was a hard-earned point, but I'm disappointed with the goal we conceded again.

"I was disappointed with our final delivery at times - we got into some good, positive positions and set-plays but weren't quite on it.

"But I think one penalty was the least we should have had this evening."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We were average tonight. We know we can play a lot better and and it was probably a fair result.

"But it shows how far we've come that we can go away from Bramall Lane disappointed with only a point.

"It was a fantastic ball by James Baxendale for the goal and Craig Westcarr took it well.

"But we feel hard done by about the penalty decision. That certainly wasn't deliberate handball. The first one was for handball against Milan Lalkovic, but two wrongs don't make a right."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 29McMahon
  • 4White
  • 14McGinn
  • 15Collins
  • 6Hill
  • 17Coady
  • 8Doyle
  • 9PorterSubstituted forTaylorat 81'minutes
  • 12MillerSubstituted forBaxterat 61'minutes
  • 22LappinSubstituted forMurphyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 10Taylor
  • 11Baxter
  • 16Cuvelier
  • 18King
  • 20McGinty
  • 23Murphy

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 4Butler
  • 12Downing
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forSawyersat 76'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forHemmingsat 64'minutes
  • 6FeatherstoneSubstituted forHewittat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
14,796

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Simon Lappin because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces James Baxendale.

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

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Baxendale.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Shaun Miller.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aidan White.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Chambers.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Walsall 1. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves1813412243
2Leyton Orient1813322542
3Preston189721034
4Brentford181044934
5Peterborough181026932
6Bradford187741128
7Rotherham18774528
8Swindon18837827
9Walsall18765427
10Port Vale18828-226
11MK Dons17647122
12Crawley18576-422
13Coventry18945521
14Oldham17638-221
15Colchester18495-421
16Gillingham18639-521
17Carlisle18567-1121
18Shrewsbury18477-319
19Stevenage185211-1117
20Tranmere18459-1217
21Sheff Utd184410-1016
22Bristol City18297-515
23Crewe183411-2613
24Notts County183213-1411
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