League One
WalsallWalsall0ScunthorpeScunthorpe United0
Jason Demetriou and Stephen Dawson
Walsall won 1-0 at Glanford Park in September, but were this time held at bay by resolute Scunthorpe

Promotion-chasing Walsall have now gone five games without a victory after a stalemate with battling Scunthorpe.

Saddlers left-back Andy Taylor's drive was tipped over by Luke Daniels and Paddy Madden had a free-kick for the Iron saved in a quiet first half.

Both sides stepped up their game after the restart, but Milan Lalkovic was thwarted by Daniels and Scunthorpe's Conor Townsend dragged just wide.

Walsall's Kieron Morris hit the bar late on with an offside flag raised.

The Iron went close to winning it themselves when substitute Tom Hopper's shot was cleared off the line by Paul Downing.

Walsall, who have drawn three of their last four games in their current winless run, have now failed to win at Bescot in five attempts since the turn of the year.

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

"Everybody has got to hold their nerve a little bit. We're in a position where nobody is going to come to the Bescot and roll over.

"It was a game where we tried to do the right things throughout the 90 minutes.

"A lot of the times it probably didn't quite come off for us. But nobody's head went. They're an honest bunch of players and we've shown that."

Scunthorpe manager Nick Daws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We were really quick out of the traps but we then seemed to indulge ourselves a little bit in possession of the football because we were allowed to do so. It kind of came away from how we have played in the last six games.

"We were playing against a good side so I'm slightly disappointed with the first half and we spoke about it at half-time. We asked them to put it right.

"We asked them to deal with the issues that we knew Walsall would cause us a problem and, in the second half, we did it well."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Chambers
  • 12FordeSubstituted forHenryat 71'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forMorrisat 71'minutes
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 21Cook
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Morris

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 33ClarkeSubstituted forWisemanat 84'minutes
  • 5Mirfin
  • 23Wallace
  • 17Townsend
  • 15Dawson
  • 12Bishop
  • 26Ness
  • 9Madden
  • 14LuerSubstituted forHopperat 45'minutes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 3Laird
  • 13Anyon
  • 18King
  • 22Hopper
  • 28McSheffrey
  • 29Wootton
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
3,868

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

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    Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

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    Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jason Demetriou (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

  11. Post update

    Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Scott Wiseman replaces Jordan Clarke.

  19. Post update

    Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

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