Walsall 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

An injury-time own goal denied Crewe a crucial victory in their battle against relegation but the point did little to enhance Walsall's play-off hopes.

Crewe took the lead when Matt Tootle crossed low into the goalmouth and Chucks Aneke coolly slotted home.

The Saddlers were handed an equaliser in injury-time when Mark Ellis turned the ball past his own goalkeeper.

The home side almost grabbed a winner when a Milan Lalkovic pile-driver was turned onto the bar by Ben Garratt.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

Dean smith

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Post-match: Walsall manager Smith

"We deserved at least a point, we kept good possession of the ball but we never penetrated anywhere near the level we need to.

"If we want to get where we want to be, we need to win football games and to do that we need to score goals, and we're not doing that enough at the moment.

"We're one point closer [to the play-offs] now because the teams above us got beat. We know if we want to be there, we need to start winning games quickly."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

Steve Davis

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Post-match: Crewe manager Davis

"We should have won the game. It was a night where the lads have given everything.

"The back four and keeper were terrific tonight and they deserved a clean sheet.

"We want the season to be better and we've done everything we can tonight to try and get those three points."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3423744376
2Leyton Orient3622863774
3Brentford3422752773
4Preston36181441668
5Rotherham35181162365
6Peterborough3517414855
7MK Dons3615714552
8Walsall36121212148
9Swindon3613815247
10Port Vale3514417-946
11Bradford35101411444
12Sheff Utd3312813-244
13Gillingham3613518-1144
14Coventry3514912141
15Bristol City3691413-541
16Crawley319139-440
17Colchester3491213-539
18Oldham3610818-1338
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Stevenage3510619-1836
21Tranmere359917-2136
22Crewe369918-2736
23Shrewsbury3571216-1333
24Notts County369423-2131
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