League One
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Walsall 2-1 Sheffield United

Craig Westcarr

Walsall came from behind to boost their play-off hopes, ending Sheffield United's eight-match unbeaten run.

Chris Porter put the visitors in front in the League One clash, hitting a rising drive into the top corner.

Craig Westcarr equalised from the penalty spot in the second half after Harry Maguire was adjudged to have pushed Andy Butler in the box.

And on 62 minutes, a flowing move from the hosts was finished off by full-back James Chambers for victory.

Dean Smith's side move up to seventh in the table, just one point off the play-off positions, while the Blades are now just one point off the relegation places.

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

"It was disappointing for our eight-game unbeaten run to come to an end in the way it did.

"The penalty that Walsall were given completely changed the game.

"We went at them in the second half, we're trying to be positive.

"But they put a ball in the box, get a penalty and then it's game on."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'DonnellBooked at 90mins
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forWestcarrat 45'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 24HewittSubstituted forGrayat 77'minutes
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forHemmingsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 10Westcarr
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 27Gray

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Hill
  • 14McGinnSubstituted forMurphyat 68'minutes
  • 15Collins
  • 5Maguire
  • 17Coady
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Porter
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forBrandyat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 12Miller
  • 16Cuvelier
  • 19Brandy
  • 22Lappin
  • 23Murphy
  • 32Kennedy
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
5,015

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

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

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Febian Brandy replaces Ryan Flynn.

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

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by George Long.

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

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Julian Gray (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Troy Hewitt.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Troy Hewitt (Walsall).

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

Foul by Troy Hewitt (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Shaun Miller replaces Jose Baxter.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Stephen McGinn.

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

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Sheffield United 1. James Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Mantom.

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford24164442231952
2Wolves24147339182149
3Leyton Orient23146348232548
4Preston24138335241147
5Peterborough2412393630639
6Rotherham2410863832638
7Walsall2410772722537
8Port Vale24113103637-136
9Swindon2310494031934
10Coventry24126652421032
11MK Dons239593632432
12Bradford2471073529631
13Crawley237882530-529
14Colchester2461082832-428
15Carlisle2476112639-1327
16Shrewsbury2468102427-326
17Gillingham2475123242-1026
18Sheff Utd2467112331-825
19Oldham2366112632-624
20Tranmere2466122844-1624
21Crewe2466122247-2524
22Bristol City2341093336-322
23Notts County2563163038-821
24Stevenage2354142242-2019
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