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Brunton Park (ATT 5,051) 21st January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Walsall Walsall

Carlisle 1

L Miller (7)

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Walsall 1

A Nicholls (pen 82)

Nicholls goal denies Cumbrians

Last Updated: 21/01/12 7:12pm

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Nicholls: Spot on for Walsall

Nicholls: Spot on for Walsall

Carlisle's League One play-off hopes took a knock as Alex Nicholls fired a late penalty to earn Walsall a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians paid the price for failing to put Saturday's League One game to bed after Lee Miller had been gifted an early goal.

The Saddlers' defence was caught napping in the seventh minute when Jon-Paul McGovern won possession before feeding Miller with a pass, which left the striker with a simple tap in for his 10th goal of the season.

McGovern was proving a livewire on the right flank for Carlisle and twice in the first half saw excellent efforts denied by the woodwork.

There was a wake-up call for the Cumbrians in the 63rd minute when they failed to clear in a penalty area scramble and Saddlers' skipper Andy Butler was unlucky to see his low effort bounce back off the post with Collin beaten.

Walsall were rewarded for their persistence in the 81st minute when Carlisle defender Frank Simek sent Butler tumbling right on the edge of the box and although Collin guessed correctly, Nicholls drove the spot kick low and hard into the corner of the net.

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2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
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6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
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11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
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13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
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16 Gillingham 27 31
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18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24