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Walsall 1-1 Swindon Town

New signing Michael Smith grabbed his third goal in two games to earn Swindon a point at Walsall.

The visitors started brightly and tested goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell through Alex Pritchard's low drive.

Walsall took the lead when Romaine Sawyers dummied James Chambers' flick-on before firing home from Craig Westcarr's pass.

Town improved after the break and secured a draw when ex-Charlton man Smith headed in Darren Ward's cross.

Swindon had to hang on as Malvind Benning fired just wide before substitute Ashley Hemmings clipped the crossbar.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I'm pleased that we've come away and got something against a team that are doing really well.

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Post-match: Swindon boss Mark Cooper

"We were expected to take a bit of a battering tonight, but we came and we were dogged.

"When we changed to three at the back, with two wing-backs, I thought we looked a real threat.

"We are pleased we looked more solid and you do have to ride your luck at times."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forPurkissat 72'minutes
  • 14Benning
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forHewittat 88'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 29BrandySubstituted forHemmingsat 84'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Thompson
  • 34Reckord
  • 4Luongo
  • 22Ward
  • 29Branco
  • 11PritchardBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBarthramat 62'minutes
  • 15KasimSubstituted forHarleyat 88'minutes
  • 9RangerSubstituted forStoreyat 84'minutes
  • 28Smith
  • 19Thompson

Substitutes

  • 3Byrne
  • 7Harley
  • 20Storey
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 33Barker
  • 39Gladwin
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
4,059

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1.
Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jack Barthram.
Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Ryan Harley replaces Yaser Kasim.
Attempt saved. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Febian Brandy.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Miles Storey replaces Nile Ranger.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.
Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).
Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).
Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).
Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 1. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Ward.
Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.
Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).
Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jack Barthram replaces Alex Pritchard.
Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).
Jamie Reckord (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.
Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).
Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).
Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nile Ranger (Swindon Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.
Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).
Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).
Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Swindon Town 0. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr.
Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).
Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).
Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).
Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).
Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

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4Preston2713104949
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6Walsall29121071046
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2812511841
9Port Vale2612311-239
10MK Dons2710611036
11Coventry271287834
12Bradford277137634
13Colchester268108134
14Gillingham289514-1132
15Crawley257108-531
16Oldham288614-930
17Carlisle278613-1630
18Tranmere287714-1928
19Notts County298318-1127
20Crewe287615-2727
21Sheff Utd266812-926
22Shrewsbury286814-1126
23Bristol City2741211-724
24Stevenage266416-2022
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