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Rochdale 1-1 Walsall

Maz Kouhyar's late goal handed Walsall a share of the spoils at Rochdale as Joe Thompson returned from the bench for the hosts after beating cancer a second time.

At the end of a dire first half, Dale midfielder Callum Camps was close to fluking an opening goal when his miscued cross towards the back post flew over Saddlers stopper Mark Gillespie and struck the crossbar.

The second half started with Erhun Oztumer flagged offside after netting from close range.

The opening goal arrived in the 62nd minute, somewhat against the run of play.

Camps played a delicious lofted pass to Calvin Andrew on the right and the big striker cut into the area, seeing his initial shot blocked but firing the rebound through the legs of Kory Roberts and into the bottom corner of the net.

Dale's Thompson, who fought off cancer for a second time earlier this year, came on as a second-half substitute for his first appearance since March.

But it was not to be a winning return for the local man as Kouhyar pounced from close range to turn home Oztumer's delivery at the death.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 29DanielsBooked at 90mins
  • 39BunneyBooked at 80mins
  • 14Rathbone
  • 10Camps
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forThompsonat 72'minutes
  • 16DoneSubstituted forInmanat 45'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 9Andrew

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 15Thompson
  • 17Inman
  • 18Keane
  • 22Moore
  • 32Kitching
  • 36Gillam

Walsall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gillespie
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes
  • 5GuthrieBooked at 50mins
  • 24Roberts
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 6Devlin
  • 19IsmailSubstituted forKouhyarat 80'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forJacksonat 71'minutes
  • 32Agyei

Substitutes

  • 9Jackson
  • 15Kinsella
  • 17Flanagan
  • 23Donnellan
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
2,702

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Daniel Agyei (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 1, Walsall 1. Maz Kouhyar (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

  7. Booking

    Donervon Daniels (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Donervon Daniels (Rochdale).

  9. Post update

    Daniel Agyei (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Joe Edwards.

  14. Post update

    Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Agyei (Walsall).

  16. Post update

    Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

  18. Booking

    Joe Bunney (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Maz Kouhyar replaces Zeli Ismail.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan22163349123751
2Shrewsbury22145330141647
3Blackburn22135440202044
4Scunthorpe23126531181342
5Bradford2313373628842
6Charlton2210663027336
7Peterborough2310583934535
8Portsmouth23112102726135
9Rotherham23103103833533
10Oxford Utd238783534131
11Walsall227873031-129
12Blackpool237792831-328
13Southend237792637-1128
14Doncaster2376102327-427
15Fleetwood2376103137-627
16Oldham2376103744-727
17Bristol Rovers2390143341-827
18Gillingham236892225-326
19MK Dons236892634-826
20Plymouth2366112232-1024
21Wimbledon2265111727-1023
22Northampton2365121939-2023
23Rochdale2241082429-522
24Bury2245131932-1317
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