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Walsall 1-1 Gillingham

Cody McDonald grabbed a second-half equaliser to earn a point for Gillingham against Walsall and ensure they removed any threat of relegation.

Walsall came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when Craig Westcarr headed straight at Stuart Nelson.

The Saddlers took the lead after the break when Febian Brandy drove home Westcarr's rebounded shot.

Adebayo Akinfenwa teed up McDonald late on, who fired past Richard O'Donnell for his 16th goal of the season.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post-match: Gillingham boss Taylor

"I am delighted to get a very good away point against a good team; Walsall play some terrific football.

"I don't think Cody McDonald was having a particularly great afternoon but what goalscorers do is get you a goal whether they're having a good game or not.

"It would have to be extremely unlucky for us to go down now. We'll keep working.

"We showed a good attitude today and we'll show a good attitude against Preston on Saturday."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 14Benning
  • 8Mantom
  • 12DowningBooked at 65mins
  • 4Butler
  • 7Chambers
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forNgooat 75'minutes
  • 29BrandySubstituted forBakayokoat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 6Featherstone
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 27Bakayoko
  • 30Ngoo

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 29HewittBooked at 57mins
  • 3Martin
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 27FaganSubstituted forLeeat 75'minutes
  • 15DackBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWestonat 60'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 12Gregory
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 18Lee
  • 19Smith
  • 23Harriman
  • 35Baxter
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
3,890

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Gillingham 1.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Febian Brandy.

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Gillingham 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Craig Fagan.

Hand ball by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Booking

Paul Downing (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Bradley Dack.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Chris Whelpdale.

Attempt missed. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Gillingham 0. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

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

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves44309585305599
2Brentford442710769393091
3Rotherham442313882552782
4Preston442216668432582
5Leyton Orient4423111080443680
6Peterborough442241868561270
7Swindon44199166255766
8Sheff Utd431612154343060
9Port Vale44186205871-1360
10MK Dons44178196060059
11Walsall441416144745258
12Bristol City441317146966356
13Crawley431413164651-555
14Bradford441217155352153
15Gillingham44157225875-1752
16Oldham431312184757-1051
17Coventry441612167274-250
18Colchester441114194860-1247
19Tranmere441211215175-2447
20Crewe441211215279-2747
21Notts County44144266176-1546
22Carlisle431111214372-2944
23Shrewsbury44914214160-1941
24Stevenage44109254368-2539
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