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Port Vale 1-1 Walsall

Walsall hit back to earn a draw through a Tom Bradshaw goal in an entertaining season-opener against Port Vale.

Vale deservedly led at the break through's Tom Pope close-range strike from Mark Marshall's low cross.

Pope then shot narrowly wide for the hosts, as did Michael O'Connor.

But the Saddlers responded and, after Ashley Grimes forced a fine save from Sam Johnson, Bradshaw levelled when he ran on to a Grimes pass and lifted the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

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Post match: Walsall manager Dean Smith

Walsall manager Dean Smith speaks to BBC WM:

"We played really well on the front foot, played some neat and tidy stuff. I'm pleased at the comeback and like to take a lot of confidence from this.

"We've got some really good players in the squad at the moment, I was really pleased.

"We're disappointed with their goal as it came from a deflected cross. We dealt with the aerial balls well and we'll take a lot of confidence from this game.

"We knew what to expect from Port Vale, we knew they put a lot of balls in the box which we couldn't stop the first one, we had to defend it. I'd say I thought we done that quite well."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 21VeseliSubstituted forRobertsonat 86'minutes
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivernBooked at 64mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 20Marshall
  • 15O'Connor
  • 10LinesSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forJenningsat 74'minutes
  • 9Williamson
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 4Robertson
  • 7Birchall
  • 17Brown
  • 18Jennings
  • 22Lloyd

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15Chambers
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Benning
  • 10Sawyers
  • 7ChambersBooked at 67mins
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forB Cliffordat 70'minutes
  • 24Grimes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Holden
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Kinsella
  • 26B Clifford
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
7,050

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 1.
Attempt missed. James Chambers (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.
Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).
Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Chris Lines.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Robertson replaces Frederic Veseli.
Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tom Bradshaw.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.
Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.
Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Johnson.
Attempt saved. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Steven Jennings replaces Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Billy Clifford replaces James Baxendale.

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).
Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ashley Grimes (Walsall).
Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Booking

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.
(Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).
Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).
Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Walsall 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Johnson.
Attempt saved. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Richard Duffy.
Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).
Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).
Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).
Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Walsall 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 0.
Attempt missed. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).
Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ashley Grimes (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Doncaster110033
2MK Dons110023
3Swindon110023
4Bradford110013
5Bristol City110013
6Chesterfield110013
7Fleetwood110013
8Crawley110013
9Peterborough110013
10Colchester101001
11Oldham101001
12Notts County101001
13Port Vale101001
14Preston101001
15Walsall101001
16Coventry1001-10
17Crewe1001-10
18Leyton Orient1001-10
19Sheff Utd1001-10
20Barnsley1001-10
21Rochdale1001-10
22Gillingham1001-20
23Scunthorpe1001-20
24Yeovil1001-30
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