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Rotherham United 1-1 Walsall

Substitute Nicky Adams rescued a point for high-flying Rotherham against 10-man Walsall as the Millers extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Milan Lalkovic put the visitors ahead, lifting a shot over Adam Collin.

Kari Arnason headed an excellent chance to equalise over the bar before Walsall had Ben Purkiss sent off for collecting two yellow cards.

And Adams made the Saddlers pay, firing in off the bar from Alex Revell's flick with two minutes left.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

Steve Evans

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Post-match: Rotherham boss Evans

"I think overall we're disappointed, aren't we? We probably lacked a yard, in the first half I think we lacked a little bit of quality, we lacked a little bit of composure.

"I think we had that in the second half. I think we laid siege to the box and normally we should have had a goal.

"But my biggest complaint of the afternoon is after five minutes in the first half. If that's not a penalty on Wes Thomas, we might as well give this game up.

"It's just like Kieran Agard's at Oldham - it's just a blatant penalty, but Rotherham United don't get penalties, as we know."

Dean Smith

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Post match: Walsall boss Dean Smith

Walsall boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"Really good performance, deserved to win the game and a cruel deflection at the end has cost us, plus the sending off as well.

"A really well worked goal, I thought some of our football was terrific in the first half and opened them up from a great move and a really good finish.

"I thought we were excellent, nobody probably gave us a chance coming here with the run that they are on.

"They come thick and fast in this league but I'm pleased with what the players are doing, disappointed that we haven't got all three points especially with a deflected late goal, but pleased with the performance."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forAdamsat 77'minutes
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 4Arnason
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Agard
  • 36SmallwoodBooked at 25minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26ThomasSubstituted forVuckicat 54'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 18Pringle

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 10O'Connor
  • 15Milsom
  • 25Addison
  • 28Vuckic
  • 35Hitchcock
  • 37Adams

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2PurkissBooked at 73mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 15Chambers
  • 4Butler
  • 29Brandy
  • 7Chambers
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forNgooat 88'minutes
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forDowningat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 12Downing
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
8,212

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Walsall 1.

Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Walsall 1. Nicky Adams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Revell.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Craig Westcarr.

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

Attempt blocked. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Paul Downing replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Nicky Adams replaces Richard Brindley.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Purkiss (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ben Purkiss (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael O'Connor replaces Richard Smallwood.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Wes Thomas.

Attempt blocked. Joe Skarz (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

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

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3523844377
2Brentford3523752876
3Leyton Orient3722873674
4Preston36181441668
5Rotherham36181262366
6Peterborough36184141058
7MK Dons3715715352
8Walsall37121312149
9Swindon3713915248
10Sheff Utd3413813-147
11Port Vale3514417-946
12Bradford36101511445
13Gillingham3713618-1145
14Crawley3210139-343
15Bristol City3791513-542
16Coventry3514912141
17Colchester3591214-639
18Oldham3710918-1339
19Tranmere3610917-2039
20Carlisle3610818-1938
21Stevenage3610719-1837
22Crewe3791018-2737
23Shrewsbury3671316-1334
24Notts County379424-2231
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