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Walsall 1-1 Bradford City

Bradford had to settle for a point for the second week running as they lost further ground on the top two with a draw at Walsall.

The Bantams dominated but were grateful for Jordy Hiwula's 53rd-minute equaliser after falling behind to Isaiah Osbourne's opener four minutes earlier.

Bradford almost led inside four minutes but Saddlers goalkeeper Neil Etheridge produced a superb instinctive save to tip over Mark Marshall's point-blank strike.

Etheridge also foiled Josh Cullen and Hiwula towards the end of the half but made the pick of his saves two minutes after the interval, clawing Cullen's 20-yarder out of the bottom corner.

And the hosts went in front with their first real chance of the game in the 49th minute, Osbourne drilling the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Hiwula levelled four minutes later as he was denied by the excellent Etheridge one-on-one but tucked the rebound into a gaping net.

Full-back Jason McCarthy had two chances to win it for Walsall, but his rasping drive was tipped onto the bar by City keeper Colin Doyle and his header from the resulting corner was blocked on the line.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16Preston
  • 3Laird
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forMoussaat 68'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forMakrisat 79'minutes
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forOztumerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Ginnelly
  • 32Toner
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Bradford

  • 1Doyle
  • 2DarbySubstituted forMcNultyat 45'minutes
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 6VincelotBooked at 90mins
  • 3Meredith
  • 14Cullen
  • 4Law
  • 8Dieng
  • 7Marshall
  • 9Hanson
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forVuckicat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 18McNulty
  • 19Vuckic
  • 20Morais
  • 23McArdle
  • 26Kilgallon
  • 29McMahon
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,148

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away11
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Bradford City 1.

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Bradford City).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Bradford City).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nicky Law.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Makris (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Simeon Jackson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Timothee Dieng.

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

Jason McCarthy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

Romain Vincelot (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Haris Vuckic replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Franck Moussa replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Jason McCarthy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

Attempt saved. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt blocked. Scott Laird (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd22135440231744
3Bolton22134528131543
4Bradford2291032819937
5Rochdale2211383329436
6Peterborough21105635231235
7Southend229763128334
8Fleetwood229673428633
9Wimbledon228863425932
10Oxford Utd228682827130
11Bristol Rovers228683339-630
12Gillingham228593036-629
13Charlton2161052621528
14Millwall218493235-328
15Northampton227693333027
16Walsall226972531-627
17Port Vale227692636-1027
18MK Dons2266102631-524
19Swindon2266102233-1124
20Chesterfield2263132739-1221
21Shrewsbury2256112234-1221
22Bury2262143245-1320
23Coventry2247111930-1119
24Oldham213991224-1218
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