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Crawley Town 0-0 Walsall

Promotion-chasing Walsall had to settle for a point as they extended Crawley's winless league run to six matches.

As well as keeping a third straight clean sheet, the Saddlers had the better of the chances.

Craig Westcarr's low left-foot shot was denied by Crawley keeper Paul Jones.

Having hit the post with an early second-half shot, Westcarr then blazed over from eight yards after being set up by Milan Lalkovic, while Andy Taylor's low shot was fumbled by Jones.

Crawley did have chances, striker Jamie Proctor heading wide from a cross by Walsall old boy Mat Sadler, before fit-again Billy Clarke's low 20-yard shot was saved by Richard O'Donnell, who he had also tested in first-half stoppage time.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"I would say two teams that pretty much cancelled each other out and who play in similar ways and similar formations and probably had the same sort of information. The longer it went on, the more chance it was going to be 0-0.

"There were less mistakes out there and there was far better decision making, and we are going to take a lot of positives out of what we got today. The decision making in the final third was certainly better in the second half.

"In the second half I thought everyone got nervous, even the crowd and the players did as well, and towards the end you start to think is it worth taking the draw. And the draw extends the run a bit and we'll take the confidence from it."

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 2Hurst
  • 3Sadler
  • 21Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 57mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 10Drury
  • 15Bulman
  • 14ProctorSubstituted forAlexanderat 79'minutes
  • 7ClarkeSubstituted forSinclairat 80'minutes
  • 16Adams

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 9Alexander
  • 11Simpson
  • 12Walsh
  • 20Sinclair
  • 23Smith
  • 25Maddison

Walsall

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3TaylorBooked at 55mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 88mins
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forHemmingsat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forHewittat 89'minutes
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forGrayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
3,296

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Walsall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Walsall 0.

  3. Post update

    Troy Hewitt (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) because of an injury.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  10. Booking

    Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Billy Clarke.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient17132239142541
2Wolves17124130102040
3Peterborough17102525151032
4Brentford179442517831
5Preston178722517831
6Bradford1776430191127
7Swindon178273224826
8Walsall177551915426
9Port Vale178272626026
10Rotherham176742422225
11MK Dons166462623322
12Coventry179443830821
13Crawley175661923-421
14Shrewsbury174761719-219
15Oldham165382023-318
16Gillingham175392026-618
17Colchester173951723-618
18Carlisle174671628-1218
19Tranmere174582131-1017
20Stevenage1752101626-1017
21Sheff Utd1743101525-1015
22Bristol City172872429-514
23Crewe1734101338-2513
24Notts County1731131731-1410
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