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18 January 2014


THE SADDLERS stepped out for this mouth-watering clash with the in-form League leaders in good heart.

The opening exchanges saw both teams checking each other out with chances at a premium at either end.

Some good work on the left by Milan Lalkovic in the 19th minute saw him deliver an inviting cross that was headed clear as the resulting corner came to nothing.

There are signs that Walsall are starting to get into our stride. Lalkovic did well to win the ball before getting in a strike that was straight at the 'keeper.

After a neat touch from Craig Westcarr and link up with James Chambers, the ball lands at the feet of Adam Chambers whose strike is gathered by David Button.

Moments later the visitors take the lead when a cross finds the head of Clayton Donaldson who guides the ball home on the half-hour.

A cross was punched clear by O'Donnell only as far as Alan Judge whose strike deflected wide.

A Walsall corner was not properly cleared and as Adam Chambers eventually got the ball back in, Lalkovic's header back found Westcarr who made it 1-1 on 44 minutes.

It was a positive end to the half for The Saddlers who applied the pressure late on.

HALF-TIME: Walsall 1 Brentford 1

A positive run from George Saville ended with Adam Chambers bringing him down for a free-kick in a promising position which was curled well over.

There were shouts for a penalty as Febian Brandy went down, but the referee was unimpressed.

Some good play on the right by Clayton Donaldson saw him cross for Marcello Trotta who fired over from a good position. It was a let-off for The Saddlers.

Just past the hour-mark and some sharp feet from Lalkovic ended with his cross-cum-shot flashed just wide of the target.

The Saddlers forced into a 65th minute change as Mal Benning replaces Andy Taylor.

A low strike from Sam Mantom was dragged wide after being teed up by Benning.

With 75 minutes on the clock, Sawyers cut inside from the left and got in a sweet strike that was superbly tipped over by Button in The Bees' goal.

In what is an entertaining contest, both sides are going for the winner.

A Westcarr corner was headed just over from Paul Downing who was up from the back.

With The Saddlers buzzing, a neat move ended with Westcarr blazing over.

There was a late change as James Baxendale replaced Sawyers.

The visitors went close when Stuart Dallas fired inches wide in what was a pulsating ending as both teams made progress but in the end it was honours even.

FULL-TIME: Walsall 1 Brentford 1

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