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Walsall 2-1 Sheffield United

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).
Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Sheffield United 1. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty Walsall. Andrew Butler draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Sheffield United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Craig Westcarr replaces James Baxendale.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 0, Sheffield United 1.
Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).
Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).
Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Maguire.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).
Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2416441952
2Wolves2414732149
3Leyton Orient2314632548
4Preston2413831147
5Peterborough241239639
6Rotherham241086638
7Walsall241077537
8Port Vale2411310-136
9Swindon231049934
10Coventry2412661032
11MK Dons23959432
12Bradford247107631
13Crawley23788-529
14Colchester246108-428
15Carlisle247611-1327
16Shrewsbury246810-326
17Gillingham247512-1026
18Sheff Utd246711-825
19Oldham236611-624
20Tranmere246612-1624
21Crewe246612-2524
22Bristol City234109-322
23Notts County256316-821
24Stevenage235414-2019
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