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Bescot Stadium (ATT 5,110) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 15:07

Walsall Walsall vs Bristol City Bristol C

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S Baldock (pen 45)

City end Saddlers play-off hopes

Last Updated: 12/04/14 6:06pm

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Sam Baldock: Got the winner

Sam Baldock: Got the winner

A first-half penalty by top scorer Sam Baldock secured Bristol City's League One future with a 1-0 win at Walsall.

Baldock hammered home his 23rd goal of the season after Andy Taylor fouled Baldock needlessly in a corner of the box a minute from half time to end any slight hopes Walsall had of making the play-offs.

Walsall should have equalised in the 57th minute when Greg Cunningham fouled Michael Ngoo, but Sam Mantom's soft spot-kick was comfortably saved by Simon Moore.

The Saddlers generally dominated possession but lacked penetration and failed to score for the second game in succession, largely due to the excellence of City centre-backs Nyron Nosworthy and Derrick Williams who hardly put a foot wrong.

Walsall goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell was rarely troubled, but his opposite number, Moore, pulled off two crucial saves from a Mantom free-kick in the first half and a rising drive from Nicky Featherstone late on.

Seven minutes from time City could have had a second goal, but substitute Tyrone Barnett saw his drive saved by O'Donnell.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40