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Walsall 2-2 Port Vale

Port Vale slipped out of the play-off places after twice being pegged back in a thrilling League Two draw at Walsall.

Vale first led after 12 minutes as Tom Conlon collected a short corner and whipped in a cross for Leon Legge, stealing in at the far post, to head home from close range.

Walsall were not behind for long, equalising three minutes later as Elijah Adebayo slotted into an empty net from six yards after Valiants goalkeeper Scott Brown spilled Rory Holden's tame shot.

Vale regained the lead after 36 minutes as Scott Burgess' 20-yard strike took a wicked deflection off Saddlers defender Dan Scarr to beat wrongfooted goalkeeper Jack Rose.

Rose tipped wide a sweeter-struck Burgess effort early in the second half and Walsall levelled after 58 minutes, Josh Gordon controlling Adebayo's cross and firing under Brown.

Both sides had chances to win it but Adebayo steered Gordon's cross straight at Brown from close range and Rose made a superb reflex save to foil Dave Worrall's half-volley for Vale late on.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Rose
  • 24Facey
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Pring
  • 15Holden
  • 8Kinsella
  • 16GuthrieSubstituted forSinclairat 88'minutes
  • 25McDonald
  • 10GordonSubstituted forLaveryat 76'minutes
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 7Sinclair
  • 9Lavery
  • 20Bates
  • 29Nolan
  • 34Sheron

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 15Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 28Brisley
  • 11Montaño
  • 20Burgess
  • 4Joyce
  • 10ConlonSubstituted forOyelekeat 66'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 13CullenSubstituted forPopeat 73'minutes
  • 17BrowneSubstituted forAmooat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 9Pope
  • 16Taylor
  • 19Amoo
  • 21Bennett
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
6,301

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Port Vale 2.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Manny Oyeleke.

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Burgess.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Offside, Walsall. Rory Holden tries a through ball, but Caolan Lavery is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Stuart Sinclair replaces Danny Guthrie.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Smith.

Shay Facey (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Cameron Pring (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Leon Legge (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Caolan Lavery replaces Josh Gordon because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rory Holden with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Mark Cullen.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Attempt missed. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Gordon.

Attempt blocked. Rory Holden (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo tries a through ball, but Josh Gordon is caught offside.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mat Sadler (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kinsella.

Attempt missed. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Manny Oyeleke replaces Tom Conlon.

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. David Amoo replaces Rhys Browne.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Attempt missed. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo.

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

Foul by Tom Conlon (Port Vale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe34197862402264
3Exeter34189750381263
4Plymouth34188854371762
5Cheltenham331512648262257
6Colchester351413849351455
7Northampton341671149361355
8Port Vale35141384842655
9Bradford351312104237551
10Forest Green351210134140146
11Cambridge35129143844-645
12Crawley351014114746144
13Salford351111134546-144
14Walsall35128153748-1144
15Newport321110112928143
16Grimsby331011123943-441
17Scunthorpe34109154250-839
18Leyton Orient35912144554-939
19Oldham35814133954-1538
20Carlisle34812143552-1736
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe35710183458-2431
23Macclesfield35715133242-1030
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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