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Burton Albion 0-0 Walsall

Jon McLaughlin
Jon McLaughlin helped Burton to keep their 16th clean sheet of the season in League One

Burton's lead at the top of League One was cut to two points after they were held by fellow high-flyers Walsall.

The Saddlers looked more likely to take the lead in the first half, with Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin keeping out Paul Downing and Romaine Sawyers.

Burton came close when Stuart Beavon tricked his way into Walsall's box but fired into the side-netting.

Wigan's win over Bury means Albion's lead at the top is cut to two points, with Walsall staying in fourth.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

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Nigel Clough: Burton manager on Walsall draw

"There was nothing in it at all. It was never going to be an open, free-flowing classic I don't think.

"Chances were few and far between but we got a clean sheet and another point on the board.

"We played better on Monday night, in terms of knocking the ball about, without doubt. But we got back to what the teams been all about for the last season or two - being solid and not giving anything away."

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM 95.6:

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O'Driscoll on Burton v Walsall

"I think we were organised and disciplined and professional. I've watched a number of games here where teams have fallen into a trap trying to play where there's no space.

"They play in a defensive shape and do it really well, so I thought we created the better chances and it was a different kind of performance to the ones we've put in before.

"Hopefully the chances we created today will go in in the following games."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCrory
  • 8Weir
  • 10Akins
  • 12Butcher
  • 15NaylorSubstituted forChoudhuryat 77'minutes
  • 33BennettSubstituted forReillyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9BeavonSubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Charles
  • 7Reilly
  • 17Myers-Harness
  • 19O'Connor
  • 30Flanagan
  • 31Bywater
  • 34Choudhury

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6DowningBooked at 81mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 12FordeSubstituted forMorrisat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 7Chambers
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
5,512

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Stuart Beavon.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Callum Reilly replaces Mason Bennett.

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Paul Downing (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Hamza Choudhury replaces Tom Naylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

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

Foul by Callum Butcher (Burton Albion).

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

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Callum Butcher (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Second Half

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Walsall 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton32204842271564
2Wigan331711555302562
3Gillingham33177959411858
4Walsall321610649331658
5Millwall331661152411154
6Coventry321410856352152
7Bradford3214993834451
8Southend33148114542350
9Barnsley33154145245749
10Sheff Utd33139114744348
11Port Vale34139123838048
12Swindon33136145151045
13Rochdale33129124444045
14Scunthorpe32136133840-245
15Peterborough33135155652444
16Bury33128134254-1244
17Doncaster32910133642-637
18Chesterfield33114184453-937
19Fleetwood3299143840-236
20Blackpool3397173242-1034
21Shrewsbury3297163751-1434
22Oldham32615113243-1133
23Crewe33610173558-2328
24Colchester3359194078-3824
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