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Glanford Park (ATT 4,049) 13th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Phillips

Scunthrpe Scunthorpe United vs Walsall Walsall

Scunthrpe 1

N Canavan (88)

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Walsall 1

W Grigg (54)

Saddlers denied by Iron

Last Updated: 13/04/13 6:53pm

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Niall Canavan: Snatched a point for Iron

Niall Canavan: Snatched a point for Iron

A late Niall Canavan equaliser salvaged Scunthorpe a 1-1 draw against Walsall, who stretched their unbeaten run to 14 league games.

However, the Iron remain deep in relegation trouble and only a brilliant stoppage-time save by Eirik Holmen Johansen saved them from defeat as the Saddlers pressed for the winning goal that would have seen them climb into the play-off places.

After a slow start, the the visitors looked set for the three points they needed when leading marksman Will Grigg, back after injury, fired them in front from close range after 54 minutes with his 19th goal of the season from a good pull-back by Craig Westcarr.

Until then, Walsall had struggled as Scunthorpe dominated the first half in terms of possession, without really having a cutting edge up front though.

Home skipper Paul Reid was unlucky with a far-post header from a free-kick, while Jimmy Ryan had an early shot well saved by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Saddlers had only troubled home keeper Johansen once in the first half with a snap-shot from Sam Mantom. They looked much more positive after the interval and looked well in control after Grigg had fired them in front.

But in a dramatic finish, Canavan headed an equaliser in the 88th minute for his seventh goal of the season from a cross by substitute Mike Grella.

Then, in stoppage time, Johansen denied Walsall a last-gasp winner with a great save to deny Febian Brandy.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15