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Bescot Stadium (ATT 5,779) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Walsall Walsall vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Walsall 1

P Downing (14)

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Leyton Or 1

N Clarke (78)

Downing hands O's point

Last Updated: 22/03/14 6:09pm

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Paul Downing: Scored at both ends

Paul Downing: Scored at both ends

Walsall defender Paul Downing scored for both sides as Leyton Orient came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at the Banks's Stadium.

Downing put the Saddlers ahead in the 14th minute, but deflected a long-range shot from O's skipper Nathan Clarke, which was going wide, past his goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell in the 77th minute, which condemned Walsall to a 10th game without a win.

Walsall began brightly and in the sixth minute Orient goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic did well to turn a shot from Milan Lalkovic on to the post before the ball was scrambled clear.

But the Saddlers were rewarded for their early pressure when they took the lead in the 14th minute as Craig Westcarr's corner, struck low into the goalmouth, reached the recalled Downing, who drilled the ball into the back of the net.

Orient eventually started to ping the ball around sweetly and the home defence had several close shaves.

Moses Oduajo whipped over a cross which no-one could quite reach, then David Mooney's drive was deflected into the hands of O'Donnell in the 26th minute.

Orient were much the better side in the second half, but O'Donnell kept out drives from Chris Dagnall and Mooney before Downing's own goal hauled them level, while Mooney headed straight at the goalkeeper twice in stoppage time.

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2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40