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Walsall 0-0 Stevenage

The woodwork denied Walsall a last-gasp winner as Stevenage climbed off the foot of the Football League with a hard-earned point at their fellow strugglers.

Danny Guthrie's 20-yard free-kick crashed back off the crossbar deep into stoppage time as League Two's lowest-scoring sides battled out a goalless draw.

A stalemate looked the likeliest outcome after a dire first half in which neither side managed a shot on target - with Stevenage's Jason Cowley and Walsall's Dan Scarr heading decent chances wide.

But after Rory Holden's 63rd minute header from a Josh Gordon cross was superbly tipped over by Stevenage keeper Paul Farman, the game became an end-to-end affair.

Walsall pressed for a winner as Gordon headed Holden's cross over from six yards.

Stevenage thought they had snatched the points with six minutes left but Paul Digby's close-range header was somehow hooked off the line by Scarr.

Farman then tipped a rasping Gordon strike wide but could only watch Guthrie's late strike hit the bar as Stevenage moved above Morecambe into 23rd while Walsall slipped a place to 22nd.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 6ScarrBooked at 68mins
  • 5J Clarke
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forAdebayoat 75'minutes
  • 20Bates
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forGuthrieat 45'minutes
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forHardyat 45'minutes
  • 9Lavery
  • 10Gordon

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 4Sadler
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 17Hardy
  • 30Gaffney

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 2WildinSubstituted forFernandezat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Vancooten
  • 31NugentSubstituted forDigbyat 27'minutes
  • 3Stokes
  • 7Carter
  • 44Timlin
  • 32Lakin
  • 9CowleyBooked at 43mins
  • 35Mackail-Smith
  • 34ListSubstituted forSonupeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Digby
  • 6Soares
  • 11Sonupe
  • 12Husin
  • 13Bastien
  • 28Guthrie
  • 30Fernandez
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,938

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Stevenage 0.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Mackail-Smith.

Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Danny Guthrie (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Luis Fernandez (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luis Fernandez (Stevenage).

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Paul Digby (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luis Fernandez.

Liam Roberts (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luis Fernandez (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Clarke.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Luis Fernandez (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Terence Vancooten.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Farman.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo with a headed pass.

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Michael Timlin (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jason Cowley (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Paul Digby (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Lakin with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces Elliott List.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Josh Gordon.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Stokes with a cross.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Callum Cockerill-Mollett.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Cowley.

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Caolan Lavery with a headed pass.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Terence Vancooten.

Attempt blocked. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Bates.

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Rory Holden.

Foul by Elliott List (Stevenage).

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Digby.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon19113532221036
2Forest Green18104424131134
3Crewe18103532221033
4Exeter199642420433
5Northampton199462819931
6Cheltenham1786328151330
7Bradford179352517830
8Plymouth188552721629
9Port Vale197752525028
10Colchester187652317627
11Newport177641714327
12Salford196762328-525
13Cambridge196672319424
14Macclesfield185761720-322
15Mansfield195682626021
16Scunthorpe195682526-121
17Crawley195682531-621
18Leyton Orient195592634-820
19Grimsby165472022-219
20Oldham184771926-719
21Carlisle1954101931-1219
22Walsall1954101426-1219
23Stevenage182881221-914
24Morecambe1935111635-1914
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