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Bescot Stadium (ATT 7,042) 6th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Walsall Walsall vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Walsall 1

C Westcarr (44)

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Sheff Utd 1

C Porter (65)

Point apiece at Banks' Stadium

Last Updated: 07/04/13 11:41am

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Craig Westcarr: Opened the scoring

Craig Westcarr: Opened the scoring

Walsall were unable to mark their 125th anniversary celebrations with a win as Sheffield United snatched a 1-1 draw.

It looked like they might when Craig Westcarr scored a minute before half-time, netting his fifth goal for the club.

But Blades boss Danny Wilson made two key substitutions at the start of the second half and one of the newcomers, Chris Porter, grabbed the equaliser just after the hour mark.

Walsall, really needing a win to boost their play-off hopes, dominated the first half but the visitors defended deep and enjoyed several close shaves.

Meanwhile, home defender Andy Taylor, playing against his old club, made one excellent tackle in the box to deny Jamie Murphy in the 23rd minute.

The Saddlers poured forward repeatedly and dangerman Febian Brandy missed a great chance, shooting wide after breaking clear in the 42nd minute.

But Walsall took the lead they deserved when Ben Purkiss combined with James Baxendale, who crossed low for Westcarr to beat George Long with a low shot.

Brandy missed a great chance to seal it for the Saddlers when he shot wide in the 51st minute with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Porter prodded the Blades level from close range after 64 minutes after Kevin McDonald's shot came back off a post.

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1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12