The FA Cup

Chesterfield 1-1 Walsall

Lee Novak scrambled a stoppage-time equaliser for Chesterfield to earn an FA Cup second round replay at Walsall.

The Saddlers took the lead on 19 minutes through a heavily-deflected Jason Demetriou effort which found its way past home goalkeeper Tommy Lee.

Chesterfield's equaliser came in the third minute of injury time when Novak bundled the ball in on the goal-line.

Walsall almost immediately replied with a winner but Sam Mantom's 30-yard free-kick hit the Spireites' bar.

The two managerless sides will replay at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday week (15 December).

Mark Smith took over as Chesterfield's caretaker manager after the Spireites parted company with Dean Saunders following their 4-0 defeat by Swindon last weekend.

The hugely experienced John Ward, physio Jon Whitney and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler are in joint caretaker charge of the Saddlers after Dean Smith's departure to Championship side Brentford earlier this week.

Walsall joint caretaker boss Jon Whitney told BBC WM:

"We didn't underestimate what Chesterfield can do. They've got some good experienced players. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Novak up top are a handful for anybody.

"Conditions made it into a proper FA Cup tie. People probably think we can't mix it up and battle. We are where we are because we can play football, but we can also hang in there and stick it out.

"The goal was disappointing. We switched off a little bit. but every mistake we make, we make together. At the end of the day, it's a fair result and we'll take it into the replay."



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Lee
  • 4HirdBooked at 63mins
  • 6Evatt
  • 34WoodSubstituted forRaglanat 70'minutes
  • 25Talbot
  • 5Morsy
  • 12O'NeilBooked at 90mins
  • 19DonohueSubstituted forGardnerat 64'minutes
  • 10O'SheaSubstituted forBanksat 65'minutes
  • 9Ebanks-Blake
  • 11Novak


  • 7Gardner
  • 16Raglan
  • 22Simons
  • 24Banks
  • 26Dieseruvwe
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 32Cairns


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
  • 6Downing
  • 14Henry
  • 7Chambers
  • 27EvansSubstituted forMantomat 77'minutes
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forFordeat 61'minutes
  • 21Cook


  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 20Bakayoko
Richard Clark

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamWalsall
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Booking

    Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    James O'Connor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Chesterfield 1, Walsall 1. Lee Novak (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James O'Connor.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces George Evans.

  20. Post update

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.