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.
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."
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